In many ways, bikes are better…


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.


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….


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.