Writing 201 Day 5: Map. Ode. Metaphor.

 Blue skies remind me of you,

racing clouds with the wind, just as you do.

Don’t you miss the fields, the farms, and the rivers?

I miss all sights, the birds, and the cows.

Wake up, it’s not winter; you are no polar bear.

Take me there, babe, let’s ride fast,

before I turn into a chocolate lover.

Jailed in my mind, is the tornado’s eye,

craving for freedom and adrenaline high.

My heart pulses with Formula 1 pace,

loving your shape, missing your blue.

Let’s get back together, babe,

you’re my ‘speed’ date.

This was an ode to my race bike. As Fall sets in, we are making our last rides, before winter takes away our freedom to ride outdoors.


I joined Writing 201: Poetry.

Today’s assignment: Today’s word prompt, Map, invites you to reflect on space and distance, while our form-of-the-day, Ode, and daily device, the venerable Metaphor, will add depth to any poet’s repertoire.

“Maps tell stories — about places we know and others we wish to visit, about technology and the speed with which we can traverse vast distances, and about the things we’ll see (or avoid) on our way from point A to point B.

Whether you choose to write about an actual map, an imaginary one, or just about a particular route that means something special to you, make today’s poem about a space you inhabit (or wish to. Or would rather avoid).”

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36 thoughts on “Writing 201 Day 5: Map. Ode. Metaphor.

  1. Dutch landscapes and road bikes are perfect for speed dates. This summer I couldn’t find the time to get my road bike out of the shed and get racing. So your poem touches an emotion lingering in my sporty heart… Thank you for this, another fine combination of photo and poem!


    1. In the city, yes, you only see them when bikers take short cuts across the city to get to a different route, but outside the city is another story.
      And you too, are no polar bear…particularly living in Abu Dhabi, so write the book!


      1. I think maybe I am writing the book as I write this blog. I have nothing “more” to say than all this silly stuff. Maybe I should write a book only about Bali, go there, live a year, write. Then come to Amsterdam, write about it???!! Become a doer.


        1. Yes, you’re, but just don’t name it: eat geckos, pray and love to drink poop’s coffee.
          Then you come to Amsterdam and writes this one:
          Pride and prejudice. The tales of Badfish hatred for an innocent blogger.


  2. I love the speed date! Enjoy your last few rides while the weather is good. We went out for a 25km social ride yesterday in glorious spring sunshine – but we probably had a few more hills!


  3. What a joyful and energetic poem, dedicated to your bicycle! I love the whimsical tone you used and I agree that the days are numbered before winter sets in and walking and bicycling outside is a thing of the past, at least until next year. Oh and indeed chocolate comes to mind when winter sets in for me too!!!


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