Friday, September 02, 2011

And so I Write about Bicycling

and so I write about bicycling

because if I don’t my mind whirs through the night

over my profession

of learning and joy and creativity

that hasn’t anymore

because test scores dictate

because budgets are part of the chess board

and legislators override professional judgment

and one of us is doing the work of two of us

and because it all matters too much,

and so I write about bicycling

because a matching kit doesn’t really matter

and joy can be found in a paceline

or outside of one

because clearing the log the first time is a celebration

and because great flow is as good as great sex

and because all of it is beauty

and joy and freedom



saves me

- ob


BoaB said...


Doozyanner said...

Ditto ^^

jeff said...


Leslie Morgan said...

Beautifully told.

Human Wrecking Ball said...

Amen and Amen! Praise teachers!

Once Known as The Badger said...

The bicycle could also be called the sanity machine, or at least a way to express and excrete all the insanity of life; and life in today's schools so closely resembles an insanity not seen since the days of lunatic asylums. Our schools have been destroyed nationwide. A bitter "tea" indeed. So, ride on, ride on.

The Old Bag said...

You know, I'm happy to have a job in one of the few somewhat autonomous spots left in the education arena -- but it all gets to me now and again. The shift from summer back to school year keeps me up at night!

C. P. said...

The creative soul is a tortured soul... and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for sharing, OB.

rraine said...

well and truly said.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff.