Riding Bikes

By Dawn Putnam

Riding my bike

Down the road

Behind my daughter

Her string-bean legs

pumping the pedals

Brenda

The volleyball player

Earned a college degree


Kenny

The burn-out

Held a gun under his chin

And left our classmate

And their son behind

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And I

Remember

Riding our bikes

When it was joy

And we knew nothing

Of pain