I was too busy driving
to be paying attention

girl in a bikini
on a cool spring day
riding a bike
down the main street
smiling with a young guy
riding casually beside her

Wife said
“Did you see that?”

I said

“The girl in the bikini”


“Right there
riding a bike
with that boy”

Not wanting to
run off the road
I just took a glance
in my rear view

Wife said
“I thought
you’d seen her.
What’s wrong
with you?”

What’s wrong indeed
from what I could see
after the fact
she was young

Thinking about
about her
I wondered
what was going on
in her head
on such a cool day

why such ammunition?
if you saw it in a movie
you’d say
“Come on!”

Yet there she was
on the main street
plenty of traffic
in our small city

And here I am
an old guy
who almost missed it
writing a poem about it


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About riverwriter

Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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