In the saddle

by Jayanthi Reddy

Nothing does a better job of reminding me that I’m alive
than riding my bicycle
losing my breath as I sprint up Cherry Hill Road
But I also like to noodle around the dirt roads
like I have nowhere to be
stopping to greet a crane or a wild turkey

My favorite way to say hello to a neighbor
is by ringing my bell at them
My favorite route to work
is down Rue Deauville to Holmes
waving to the students (and their mothers!)
who are waiting for the school bus

Pavement or gravel: both are good
The way home is on a bicycle, riding in Ypsi

(Photo Credit Alan L)