The Path of Choice


Trails of recreation

paths of molten black and quarry jewels

lined with viridescent birch, oak, evergreen

burgundy maple, crimson sumac

bodies of blue-green lake and river

Lanes of wandering city

paths of urban concrete and paint

edged with manicured lawns, perennial color

nouveau riche grandeur, facades of long ago

structures of brick, mortar, steel, glass

Roadways of speed racer

paths of the fast and seriousย 

hemmed with gravel and shaking grass

topography careening by

miles of twists, turns, incline, finish line

Trails, lanes, roadways of creation

paths of spiritual and physical bliss

bound by young and old and family

contentment, happiness, intention

choices floating on a breeze

20 responses to The Path of Choice

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I like this, Mary. I’ve seen these views, but I’m not sure I ever stopped to think about them in this way. I hope this means you managed to get a nice ride in this weekend. I hope your week continues along a wonderful path.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, I did have a nice ride Sunday morning. The dewpoint, humidity and temperature dropped Saturday night, so I went out early for a 15 mile ride. The weather was beautiful, if only it would stay this way for the rest of summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Beth. I usually stick to the wooded trails and bike paths and leave the city and county road travel to others. I’m just glad we have the opportunity for all of these choices to bike.

  2. Lucy says:

    I love this. Such a beautiful and moving piece about perspectives of the world. It is amazingly written and very resonating. Excellence!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lucy, I am truly humbled by your comments. Thank you! I was inspired to write this after a Sunday morning bike ride in the most beautiful summer weather. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. loisajay says:

    Mary–I love this. You can race through life or slow down to stop and smell the roses. Beautifully done.

  4. KetCage says:

    Wow, you’ve gone into such depth and understood all that is around you!
    Recently, my friend told me about practicing mindfulness and this is an example of how beautiful everything would be if I could be mindful about things around me!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you! Most often, my situational awarenesss could use improvement. However, when I’m on the bike, it seems as though I notice more, take in my surroundings. I am grateful for the time I can be outdoors in such places.

      • KetCage says:

        I love going on rides and I can somewhat relate to this but in a different way. I zone out and think of the happiest things and feel SO GOOD while riding in a nice place like this.
        Just thinking about it is refreshing. Thank you for that ๐Ÿ˜€

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Fifteen miles sounds like a lot, Judy, but my brother thinks it’s peanuts. He usually rides 25+ miles every time he goes out and puts on well over 1,000 miles in a season. I don’t think I could ever keep up with that.

  5. I picture the grassy, sunny lanes from the movie “Flipped” – a pleasant thought. Loved the poem, and especially the ending!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you. I have not watched Flipped, but perhaps I need to check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

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