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Famous Bicycle Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Bicycle poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous bicycle poems. These examples illustrate what a famous bicycle poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Sexton, Anne
...s I prefer,

stay near. But give me the totem. Give me the shut eye
where I stand in stone shoes as the world's bicycle goes by.



4. ANGEL OF HOPE AND CALENDARS

Angel of hope and calendars, do you know despair?
That hole I crawl into with a box of Kleenex,
that hole where the fire woman is tied to her chair,
that hole where leather men are wringing their necks,
where the sea has turned into a pond of urine.
There is no place to wash and no marine beings...Read more of this...



by Lawrence, D. H.
...am of a train 
Melts in the air, while two black birds 
Sweep past the window again. 

Along the vacant road, a red
Bicycle approaches; I wait 
In a thaw of anxiety, for the boy 
To leap down at our gate. 

He has passed us by; but is it 
Relief that starts in my breast?
Or a deeper bruise of knowing that still 
She has no rest....Read more of this...

by Mayakovsky, Vladimir
...once there lived
 a certain champion of boiled water,
and inveterate enemy of raw water.

Professor,
 take off your bicycle glasses!
I myself will expound
 those times
 and myself.

I, a latrine cleaner
 and water carrier,
by the revolution
 mobilized and drafted,
went off to the front
 from the aristocratic gardens 
of poetry - 
 the capricious wench
She planted a delicious garden,
the daughter,
 cottage,
 pond
 and meadow.

Myself a garden I did plant,
myself wi...Read more of this...

by Cisneros, Sandra
...re a tree, you listened to the trees and the tree
things trees told you. You were the wind in the wheels of a red
bicycle. You were the spidery Mariatattooed on the hairless arm
of a boy in dowtown Houston. You were the rain rolling off the
waxy leaves of a magnolia tree. A lock of straw-colored hair
wedged between the mottled pages of a Victor Hugo novel. A
crescent of soap. A spider the color of a fingernail. The black nets
beneath the sea...Read more of this...

by Collins, Billy
...ecall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart....Read more of this...



by Levine, Philip
...
The cut glass ashtray 
is here and overflowing, 
the big bottle of homemade, 
the pack of English Ovals, 
the new red bicycle deck 
wrapped in cellophane 
and gold edged, the dishes 
crusted with the last snack. 
The music is gone. The lilt 
of his worn voice broken 
with the weight of all 
those lost languages -- 
"If you knew Solly like 
I knew Solly, oy oy 
oy what a girl." That music 
made new each day and absent 
forever from the corners 
ofrooms like this ...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze; 
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days; 
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen; 
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine; 
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride, 
The grinning shop assistant said, "Excuse ...Read more of this...

by Simic, Charles
...me and had turned
Like a lion tamer, towering with a whip in hand.
Luckily, in that moment, the mummy sped by
On a bicycle carrying someone's pizza order
And cursing the mist and the potholes....Read more of this...

by Betjeman, John
...urite? Who had a crush on you?
Which were the baths where they taught you to swim?

Smooth down the Avenue glitters the bicycle,
Black-stockinged legs under navy blue serge,
Home and Colonial, Star, International,
Balancing bicycle leant on the verge.

Trace me your wheel-tracks, you fortunate bicycle,
Out of the shopping and into the dark,
Back down the avenue, back to the pottingshed,
Back to the house on the fringe of the park.

Golden the light on the locks of Myf...Read more of this...

by Levine, Philip
...n 
the stalks, a roof 
that breathes over 
my head. 
 Behind me 
the tracks creaking 
like a harness, 
an abandoned bicycle 
that cries and cries, 
a bottle of common 
wine that won't 
pour. 
At such times 
I expect the earth 
to pronounce. I say, 
"I've been waiting 
so long." 
 Up ahead 
a stand of eucalyptus 
guards the river, 
the river moving 
east, the heavy light 
sifts down driving 
the sparrows for 
cover, and the women 
bow as they slap 
the life out...Read more of this...

by Collins, Billy
...ow
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.

It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing ...Read more of this...

by Butler, Ellis Parker
...When I taught Ida how to ride a
 Bicycle that night,
I ran beside her, just to guide her
 Erring wheel aright;
And many times there in the street
She rode upon my weary feet.

But now can Ida mount and ride a
 Wheel with graceful ease,
And I, untiring in admiring,
 Fall upon my knees
To worship her,—and, for her part,
She rides upon my proffered heart!...Read more of this...

by Betjeman, John
...king girl, 
To see and not to care.

At sundown on my tricycle
I tour the Borough’s edge, 
And icy as an icicle
See bicycle by bicycle
Stacked waiting in the hedge.

Get down from me! I thunder there, 
You spaniels! Shut your jaws! 
Your teeth are stuffed with underwear, 
Suspenders torn asunder there
And buttocks in your paws! 

Oh whip the dogs away my Lord, 
They make me ill with lust.
Bend bare knees down to pray, my Lord, 
Teach sulky lips to say, my Lord, 
T...Read more of this...

by Levine, Philip
...overhead 
And with a penknife improvises plans 

For our departure. Plans delivered by 
An old staff courier on his bicycle. 
One looks at him and wonders does he say, 
I lean out and I let my shadow fall 

Shouldering the picture that we call the world 
And there is darkness? Does he say such things? 
Or is there merely silence in his head? 
Or other voices which the silence rings? 

Such a fine skull and forehead, broad and flat, 
The eyes opaque and slightly animal...Read more of this...

by Levine, Philip
...alk by
and the ribs of the house show
and inside I can see cats walking
the way cats walk,
and then a boy rides by on a bicycle
and still the house is not done
and in the morning the men
will be back
walking around on the house
with their hammers,
and it seems people should not build houses
anymore,
it seems people should not get married
anymore,
it seems people should stop working
and sit in small rooms
on 2nd floors
under electric lights without shades;
it seems there is a ...Read more of this...

by Edgar, Marriott
...nowt for it but stomach pump." 

Well, they `adn't a stomach pump `andy, 
But Pa did the best that `e could 
With a bicycle pump that they borrowed 
But that weren't nearly so good. 

So off they went to the doctor 
`Oo looked down `is throat with a glass; 
`E said "This'll mean operation- 
I fear that `e'll `ave to `ave gas." 

"`Ow much is this `ere goin' to cost me?" 
Said Father, beginning to squirm. 
"I'm afraid that it comes out expensive- 
The best gas ...Read more of this...

by Muldoon, Paul
....

Uncle Pat was telling us how the B-Specials
had stopped him one night somewhere near Ballygawley
and smashed his bicycle

and made him sing the Sash and curse the Pope of Rome.
They held a pistol so hard against his forehead
there was still the mark of an O when he got home....Read more of this...

by Pastan, Linda
...When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
beside you
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,
while you grew
smaller, more breakable
with distance,
pumping, pumping
for your life, screaming
with laughter,
the hair flappin...Read more of this...

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