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August 9, 2014

the first time i saw a bikelane
was in madison, WI in 1988

it seemed a little strange
but also so great

i was visiting a college friend
in summer session for a few days

on hot nights we borrowed bikes
and rode vacant lanes to the lake

i'd been braving traffic on 2 wheels
since i was 5 but this was the first time

i got a sense bikes belonged in the city
and that a city could belong to bikes

all it took to open my eyes was a line
of paint defining a strip four feet wide

yesterday this was written for a
Madison recipient as
part of Paul Nelson's
Poetry Postcard Fest.
pictured is New York,
along the Hudson, 1997,
but the feeling i get seeing
bikes stays the same: hope!