The cyclist in his struggle for hill supremacy

seems to be keeping up with the hawk overhead.

Competition has no place in it.


Then suddenly wings flex in turbulent air

divert from the snake path

off to far fields


where tiny dimples appear on a fringe of wheat.






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Fri 15th Mar 2019 20:41

Thanks for your likes Kate and Dorothy. Tommy, I seem to have you as the cyclist . Lovely pictures you conjure up . A fellow enthusiast. A good long ride! My longest day was Norwich to Bedford. So many stories! Thanks for digging this. Rày

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 14th Mar 2019 00:15

Ok ok
"The cyclist in his struggle for hill supremacy
seems to be keeping up with the hawk overhead."

It feels to me like I was cycling up the Pennines from Liverpool to Buxton along the A537 with friends under the sun.
Don't Ray, You'll remind me of many such rides. I need to go to the betting office and smoke fags over the nieghbour's fence chunnering about Bretix.
ps And as for the the "flex" damn you sir! damn you.
pps Comming home we pushed our hot feet into hotter peddles, for just 3 wheel revolutions from The Black Cat and flew 20mph down to Macclesfield. I stretched my chain going up and removed a link to decend. One of the happiest days of my life.
So sir desist.

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Wed 13th Mar 2019 22:08

HI Jon. So glad you liked this. Cheers.


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Wed 13th Mar 2019 20:15

Hi Ray
Lovely Poem

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Wed 13th Mar 2019 19:34

Thank you Hazel, Brian (probably hi viz of some sort!). I used to do cycle touring too. Great way of life. Phil, thanks for being with me in spirit! . Kate, An interesting interpretation. Of course I was giving the bird an intention and that leads us on . Thanks.

Cheers all for the likes too: David, Jon, Anya Heart of Lead and Dorothy.


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Phil Kay

Wed 13th Mar 2019 02:20

The build up and drama in such a short piece is beautiful Ray. Lovely observation I was sat watching it happen with you mate.

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Mon 11th Mar 2019 20:32

Nicely done Ray, brings home that we often misread the intentions of those around us.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 11th Mar 2019 19:06

Paints a nice little picture for me Ray, being a lifelong cyclist.

BTW was your cyclist's machine silver perchance?

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Hazel ettridge

Mon 11th Mar 2019 17:15

Wow, I love this. The sudden switch from drama to exquisite.

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