newfound limitations

newfound limitations

incline
like stairs

winded
beyond reason

two wheels
shifting gears

lower
lower still

like climbing
but not

standstill
admit defeat

need downhill wind
U-turn, too hard

airborne
wheels left behind

helmet
my old friend

pavement
my new friend

alternate inclination
fewer inclines

on the water
seeking my own level

kayaking
with a limp

Shared with On This Day…ย  the Open Link Night at dVerse ~ Poets Pub.

62 thoughts on “newfound limitations

  1. Beautifully written. I can feel this so much. I once fell off my electric scooter at almost 10mph (which is not much) and I scraped both of my knees to the point where you can still see what happened. Lol. Good times, right?

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    • Thank you, Kim. My hand took the hardest blow, it seems. Four fingers on my left hand were swollen 50%. A week later, and a can just barely get my ring on & off. My home is surrounded by very steep hills, so I’ve stuck to the exercise bike for the last 7 years. I’ve decided if I’m going to take my bike (by car) out of the neighborhood, I’ll go an extra 5 miles to a converted “rails-to-trails” path that is my now-old-man-speed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. The other day, I was trying to recall the last time I tried a bike ride (not counting the mandatory stationary gym equipment. Couldn’t. I THINK it was 1979…

    Glad you survived, Brother. Stick with the kayak.

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  3. Good healing, I hope for you. And I love this poem, I’ve had some accidents myself in sports and so on, taken some falls, and this poem expresses those feelings, oh yes, especially as I get older and the falls get harder…

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  4. Oh, all the little bumps and scrapes and bruises and scars we collect in our lives that marks are survivals big and small. A rough way for poetic inspiration, yet a good story and poem nonetheless. May you heal quickly.

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  5. Glad it wasn’t worse than it was. You fell on your bicycle? Hard to see if that is a bike helmet or motorcycle one. In either case the trip is a long one to the ground. Your muscles will be sore for awhile.

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  6. I still have a scar on my knee from a childhood mishap. I still enjoy riding a bicycle but, I stick to flat surfaces when possible no hills. I recently tried kayaking and I have to say it was fun but, then
    again, I paddled in calm waters. Stay safe!

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  7. Oh! Ouch! I hope kayaking went with a limp went more smoothly. My worst scrape/fall was not sports related at all. I tripped over something in a CVS parking lot ๐Ÿ˜‚ and walked in with my leg all bleeding. I think I asked for and received some band-aids–all pre-Covid, of course.

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  8. Glad youโ€™re on the mend and without broken bones or spirit. Like other readers, your poem reminded me of my memorable bike falls… one as a kid and one as an adult discovering first hand the treachery of streetcar tracks.

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