Training Wheels
by Shawn Aveningo

The old adage
rattled in her head,
her friend’s words
of supposed comfort—
Don’t worry;
It’s just like riding a bike.

But the last bicycle
she remembered riding
had streamers on the handle bars,
clickity-clack straws on the spokes
and a hot pink banana seat.

One more look in the mirror,
before stepping out
onto the new playing field,
which now didn’t seem quite so green.

She wished for
a pair of training wheels …

… and a padded, push-up bra.

IMAGE:  “Bikes and birds” by dinarachemaya, used by permission.

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Shawn Aveningo
is an award-winning, globally published poet whose work has appeared in over 90 literary journals and anthologies, including LA’s poeticdiversity, which nominated her poetry for a Pushcart Prize. She is cofounder of The Poetry Box®, managing editor of The Poeming Pigeon, and journal designer for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in Beaverton, Oregon. Visit her at