On My Bike Again (2016)

On My Bike Again 

by Marc Mangel


Riding my bike again


Gliding smoothly

connected to the land

As a yogini

moving between plank and downward dog


Racing down hills

the wind whistling

Hearing what Roger Bannister did

when he broke that barrier

(Homework: how fast was he going? I go no more than 12 mph)


Climbing hills

sweating panting


the greatest pleasure of all


10 Jan 2016, following my second total shoulder replacement