THE RIDER

by Naomi Shihab Nye.
  1. "A boy told me
  2. if he roller-skated fast enough
  3. his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him,
  4. the best reason I ever heard
  5. for trying to be a champion.
  6. What I wonder tonight
  7. pedaling hard down King William Street
  8. is if it translates to bicycles.
  9. A victory! To leave your loneliness
  10. panting behind you on some street corner
  11. while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas,
  12. pink petals that have never felt loneliness,
  13. no matter how slowly they fell."