Waiting for a Wheel


for a surrogate

to fill time

change present tense



for revision

of adult lines drawn

dissolved in child’s sandbox



for about-face

pivoting in unison

toward the ethical sun



for diversity

melting pot culture

inclusive, welcoming



for reconstruction

of harsh society

into tranquil faith



for a wheel to turn

down gravel path

of communal restoration



for metamorphosis

butterfly dancing world

God, make it so



16 responses to Waiting for a Wheel

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is beautiful, Mary. The words, the sentiment, even the shape sends a message. I will join you in this prayer.

  2. KetCage says:

    It’s a really nice poem
    And the pattern of the paragraph was also such an amazing idea!

    This makes me wanna go out on a ride, I actually would have if not for COVID.

    Loved it!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you! I had a photo of half a bicycle wheel, but I couldn’t get it added the way I intended. Instead, I patterned the poem as half of a wheel and it seems to have worked.

      I ride my bicycle, but always early in the morning and with a mask. I can’t give this part of my life up!

      • KetCage says:

        That is SO cool! It keeps your fit, I’m sure and also fresh, both mentally and physically!

        Do put up more such posts, it’s very refreshing to read!

  3. Deepa says:

    Waiting…. beautifully written.
    Waiting for so many things, waiting becomes our way of being.
    Waiting for things, one after the other,
    waiting for the next thing to wait for… 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, we are always waiting for something. It can be as simple as waiting for sleep or more important, such as waiting to hear fom a friend or about a job. This poem is about waiting for people and the world to change.

  4. murisopsis says:

    Concrete poems are hard to get posted properly – kudos on managing that aspect! The repetition is very effective too!! I like it!

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