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My Bicycle

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My Bicycle

Once I had a bicycle,
A loving present from my grandfather;
Since I was his favorite granddaughter,
He granted my wish at a snap of my finger .

Since he was so old,
A new bicycle he could hardly afford;
He took his bike when he was young,
Which I found it once at the back of our barn.

As far as I remember,
It was really so old and rugged;
But my grandpa was like Mr. Mac-Gyber,
Amazingly fixing all things all-over.

My granda was a well-known painter,
I thought he will repaint and use sandpapers;
When I surreptitiously sneaked into his hut,
He was there recycling all my milk cans.

When everything was done,
He gladly gave it to me with a big hug;
I hurriedly drove it at once,
Down the street and field with so much fun.

“My bike was real a unique one!” I thought.
So different from others in our neighborhood,
Its wailing siren was made up of a  cow’s horn,
Tubes were made of dried bamboos and corn.

Other parts were still the same,
Like forks, hubs and chainwheel set,
The rest were made up  of my milk cans,
They were pedal, brake and seatgear stem.

Handle bars were what I like  most,
Converted from the handle of his old plow;
So sturdy and so strong all I knew,
And  I can drive it  so long in full control.

However, when I travelled quite afar,
Parts were falling one at a time;
Until everything suddenly split apart,
Eventually it dropped and rolled me down.



Date: Aug. 3, 2012
( A loving tribute to my dearest Dad)


4th Place Winner
Contest: Any Poem of the Week Contest
Contest Judged: 8/4/12         
Poet Sponsor: Poet-Destroyer

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  1. Date: 10/18/2012 9:57:00 PM
    Hi, Leonora by super BFF... i'm calling this one one of my favorite poems .... I can visual the bike...makes me want to ride by your side like a sister. That way we can dust off the dirt like family. you seem like the kind of friend who keeps the down feeling away... xox~pd

  1. Date: 8/15/2012 8:08:00 PM
    wow, what a guy he was. I am happy to see a cute story like this one portrayed in your poem. Glad to see it made the winner list of "any poem week" also. Congratulations. Loved reading about your experiences. Gosh, you know alot about bikes to name all those parts like you did.

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/28/2012 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much, Andrea. i have a bicycle here and a scooter back home.
  1. Date: 8/10/2012 5:41:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s "Any Poem Week" contest Leonora. Love, Carol

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/10/2012 5:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much, Carol.
  1. Date: 8/7/2012 6:18:00 PM
    I liked the surprise ending..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..It was a great spirit uplifter..Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting on my work...Sara

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/8/2012 8:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for all the encouragement and inspiration, too, Sara. Wish you all the blessings and graces everyday!
  1. Date: 8/7/2012 5:54:00 PM
    A touching tribute and endearing write, Leonora! Congrats on your wonderful win!! Love and Blessings, Rhonda

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/8/2012 8:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much, Ronda. It's my father who gave me the inspiration to write. Wish you all the blessings and graces!
  1. Date: 8/6/2012 10:59:00 AM
    congrats for being the 4th place winner..yehey!!! *Maria/Mary**

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/8/2012 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you,Maria!
  1. Date: 8/5/2012 12:09:00 PM
    Beautifully written and a great dedication.Congrats on your win Leonora!

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/5/2012 9:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much, Kash. Your comment uplifted me. Have a nice day and good luck always!
  1. Date: 8/5/2012 11:36:00 AM
    Leonora congrats on your win, love it...just the best dedication I have probably read here...David

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/5/2012 9:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A million thanks, David. That's a great encouragement from a great poem like you.
  1. Date: 8/5/2012 11:21:00 AM
    A beautiful tribute to your father, just a lovely poem. YOu can feel the love you had for him. Lee

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/5/2012 9:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Lee. Your comment has lifted up my spirit. I am really proud of my dad and I am missing him so much.
  1. Date: 8/5/2012 8:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win. Your poem is a wonder memorial to a wonderful person. He made great memories... I'm sure.

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/5/2012 9:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much, Carol for dropping by and reading my poem. My father has indeed a lot of wonderful memories to me/us. He did not go to college but he learned everything by himself and he became a talented one. We are proud of him. Have a nice day!
  1. Date: 8/5/2012 7:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win, well done xx

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/5/2012 8:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much, Mandy Tams-The Golden-Girl.
  1. Date: 8/4/2012 8:03:00 PM
    LEONORA ;-) congratulations with your awesome poem of the week. Thanks for the contest support. LUV~ PD

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/6/2012 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks a million for making this poem win, PD. Thank you for all the support, inspiration and encouragement. More power and blessings to the greatest poet like you!
    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/4/2012 8:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, PD. More power to you always!
  1. Date: 8/4/2012 1:51:00 PM
    sooooo very beautiful and toucMhing, Leonora!!! *tear* well done! love ya,deb...yes you may use my heart concrete poem for your personal family use...it looks cool with coloured fonts :) enjoy...deb

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/4/2012 8:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Deb. Have a wonderful day!
  1. Date: 8/4/2012 11:08:00 AM
    a great father indeed deserved a great poem from a great poet/writer like you... excellent composition my friend..Keep it up **Mary**

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/4/2012 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Mary for a nice comment. I just dropped by because I got visitors from Vietnam. I will bring them to church tomorrow. Wish you all the best and luck for the poetry contest about nature. More power friend.
  1. Date: 8/3/2012 11:37:00 AM
    Yes, you had a real unique bicycle....and a very sweet and lovely grandfather + grandmother - and their son (your father)inherited goodness from them. Very well and good written poem Leonora - Thank you for visit my poems today. - Have a beautiful weekend in sunshine. - oxox love // Anne-Lise :)

    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta
    Date: 8/4/2012 8:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks and hugs, Anne-Lise. Belated Happy, happy birthday!!!! May you always have all the blessings and happiness in life.