6 years old
How I Learned to Ride
by Mike Dailey

I was a mere five when I learned to ride
On a bike without training wheels down on each side
And truth being told, I had no bike at all
But my sister had her bike as I plainly recall
And training me she tried to keep me well scared
For if I learned to ride, her bike would be shared
So she had me sit and hold the curved handlebar
And gave me a shove but I didn’t get far
For she laid out the hose all across the backyard
And the bumps and the bounces made learning quite hard
Then when I complained, well, she took it to heart
Set me up on the driveway to start a new start
Now the driveway was steep and she knew I’d be scared
But if I fell and got hurt, well, no bike would be shared
So she lined me up and with a shove I was flying
If I said I was brave, well you know I’d be lying
But the speed of the bike kept my balance intact
And to tell you the truth, I just never looked back
Then I rode that bike all around the whole block
And when I passed by my sister, I would see she was shocked
So I peddled that bike for all it was worth
Knowing I was the best bike rider on earth

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: A first grade school picture from the era when I learned to ride a bike.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Just seeing the picture of a young boy on a bike [in your call for submissions] inspired me to start composing my own story that evening as I lay in bed. When I got up the next morning I had 90% of the poem completed in my head and only had to sit at the keyboard to complete the rest.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Dailey lives with his wife of 44 years in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. He has been writing poetry most of his life and even used poetry when courting his wife. He retired from 30 years as a government analyst and moved to the North Carolina shore in 2009. He has published three poetry collections so far and has a fourth in the final stages. The majority of his poems are of the old fashioned rhythm and rhyme. He shares his poetry with a local poetry group even posts Haiku poetry at a local library.