Poetry Friday: The Rider
What a wonderful community! Thank you for welcoming me last week. I returned!
Today I am sharing Naomi Shihab Nye's poem, "The Rider."
Naomi Shihab Nye
A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn't catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion.
What I wonder tonight
pedaling down King William Street
is if it translates to bicycles
A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of azaleas,
pink petals that have never felt loneliness,
no matter how slowly they fell.