The Old Bike

I used to have an old bicycle
and there was a time in my life
when many late afternoons
were spent on that bike 
exploring neighborhood after neighborhood 
following the direction where 
the sun was setting

It was as if I was searching for something 
though unclear what,
turning on what seems to be unending 
roads, bends, junctions, pathways 
but the more I pedaled that old bike
the more out of breath I became and
eventually confused in finding my way back

nowadays, on some days
it feels like I’m still riding that damn bike
absent mindedly still following where
the sun is setting

The poem above is responding to two prompts that I chose: bicycle and explore. I picked those two based on the instruction from #NaPoWriMo2021 for Day 3 (which will show on my blog as the entry for Day 4 because of the time difference in Asia and where the instruction came from, which I’m assuming from somewhere in the west part of the world).

The instruction says that we need to create our own “Personal Universal Deck,” and then to write a poem using it. Basically, I will need to choose 100 words on a 50 index cards or small pieces of paper (write one on the front and one on the back of each card/paper). Once I have my personal universal deck ready, I will shuffle it a few times and then select a card or two. Whatever words that are written on the card that I choose, they are it!

I thought it was a good idea. And it worked!

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 4.

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