In many ways, bikes are better…

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Backstory to poem: a cycling friend related an aggressive driver / peaceful cyclist encounter. It took place as a cycling family pedalled to school one morning.

When unsafe actions by careless car driver were challenged by father cyclist, the driver uttered the ridiculous rebuttal: “Why don’t you grow up and get a car!”

That mindless mentality deserved an qual put-down in poetic form.

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Let’s swap our seated places,

quit honking horns and pulling faces,

let’s all extend some kinder graces.

Lets both not break red lights,

let’s not trump wrongs, or start fights;

let’s hope there’s never any last rites.

Let’s properly apply brakes and gears,

let’s all admit our faults and fears,

let’s both yield, then signal: “cheers”.

Four wheels good but two wheels best,

left-turning traffic makes me stressed

(make biking mandatory for any test).

We cyclists have no windows, or roof,

we sit tall in saddles but not aloof:

helmeted skulls aren’t shatterproof.

The passionate pedaller’s a go-getter,

we don’t condemn the carburettor –

but in many ways, bikes are better…

Lawrence Coster: The Apostle of Printing (c. 1420)

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With willow wood you wooed your beau,

setting her heart and mind aglow:

solitary-seated by canals you etched,

then slowly the sharp blade sketched

lovers initials intertwined, sharp incisions

on branch birthed blessings: Eden’s vision.

 

This lover’s present then parchment-wrapped,

carved cyphers secretly sang, summoned sap:

overnight it oozed from peeled willow wood,

catechist-craftsman created an imprint good;

then came Gutenberg-bible, God’s story told,

later breaking papal spiritual stranglehold….

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Laurens Janszoon Coster (c. 1370, Haarlem, the Netherlands – c. 1440), or Laurens Jansz Koster, is the name of a purported inventor of a printing press from Haarlem. He allegedly invented printing simultaneously with Johannes Gutenberg and is regarded by some in the Netherlands as having invented printing first. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurens_Janszoon_Coster