Built For Two

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Bicycles, Tricycles, or Unicycles
(posted by Susan)

Your Challenge: There are far fewer poems with a cycling motif than
there should be.
Let’s fix that!

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live”.
~Mark Twain, “Taming the Bicycle”


Oh, for days of yore.
What could be more fun
than a bicycle built
for two? Riding past
tea shoppes, drugstores
with soda fountains,
and statues in the village
square. Not a care.
There they go, suited men
and long-skirted women
holding on to their hats.



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Built For Two

  1. 1sojournal says:

    This one is sheer fun. Thanks for the visit,


    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rall says:

    Ha…it would not be so leisurely now. Sweet poem.


  3. Panchali says:

    Truly, the bicycle is the best product design ever!! Fantastic poem, Sara!


  4. My next-door neighbors have a bicycle built for two, and often ride around the neighborhood on balmy summer evenings. It looks like such fun!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ve seen people on bicycles built for 2 on the Bay Trail. Just watch those sharp corners! Lol!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Susan Chast says:

    This must be a rare sight in cities now, but ever since the sing “Daisy, DaisY” entered my life, I like to think about it:
    “It won’t be a stylish marriage,
    I can’t afford a carriage.
    But you’ll look sweet, upon the seat,
    Of a bicycle built for two.”


  7. oldegg says:

    Tandems are fearsome cycles where the rider behind puts his utmost faith in the rider in front of him or her. A machine for the foolhardy…I will stick to my own pushbike thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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