Safely Swooping and Looping

July 15, 2019


Sitting back on the couch
Nursing an ouch
Leg iced and raised on the hassock
I’m thinking of all
The bike crashes I recall
Most mundane, but some quite dramatic
Bumps, bruises and falls
But I think, of them all,
Going over the bars is the classic

Accidents can happen when you least expect it
With no need to be careful, restraint is rejected
Toss caution out the window
And end up in an end-o
We all know how that feels:
Sudden stop of the wheels
Life in slow motion
Going head over heels
You can’t see and can’t tell
But you do have a notion
That this may not end well.

The suspense is immense
But make no pretense
Frightful visions notwithstanding
The worst part is the landing
And it could be intense
Hit the dirt
Rip your shirt
Hope to heck you’re not hurt
Check for breathing
Then bleeding
Yay! Your heart is still beating!
If you’ve figured you’re injured
But not seriously hindered
Often best not to linger.
With both functioning fingers
Brush off the debris
Slowly rise from the loam
And listen to me
Treat your injury gingerly
But, now, get the hell home


We will (safely) ride Swoops and Loops (Back Mountain Rd., across from the Mt. Ascutney State park entrance) this Tuesday, starting at 5:45.  Make it either a short ride, or take a second lap in reverse.

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