I’m not saying bikes are better

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Backstory to poem: a cycling friend related an aggressive driver / peaceful cyclist encounter. It took place as parents and children pedalled to school one morning. When the careless car driver was challenged over unsafe actions by the law-abiding parent 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 those red stop lights,

let’s not trump wrongs against rights,

let’s pray none have to utter last rites.

 

Let’s all properly apply brakes and gears,

let all admit their faults and fears,

let’s award appreciation: “cheers”.

 

Four wheels good but two wheels best

your left hand turns make me stressed:

cycling should be required for test.

 

We cyclists have no windows, nor roof,

we ride tall in saddle but not aloof:

cyclists skulls aren’t shatterproof.

 

I’m not saying bikes are better,

I’m not condemning the carburettor –

we’re not road royalty, nor beggar!

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