Bicycles got off to a wobbly
start—I mean that front wheel
terrified everyone, alarming timid
sales folk & neophytes alike.

But eventually front wheel
descended to logic, and they
added gears, baskets, streamers,
plus hand brakes to two wheels
planted firmly on 100,000
square feet of Sears and bursting
the seams at Western Auto,
(years before Milwaukee
declared that anyone within
radar must wear 41 for Eddie
and 44 for the one and only).

Stability was secured, stability
like a slug on a cabbage leaf!

It takes forever to shrink a giant
into a thimble—damndest
thing—hard to imagine, yet true,
but once you do, you know who
holds on for dear life before
getting off Scott free—with
two wheels planted firmly
on terra firma, 100,000 square
feet of Sears and bursting
the seams at Western Auto.


ALAN BRITT was invited to Ecuador in a cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States in August 2015. His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. Besides 16 books of poetry he has published over 3,000 poems nationally and internationally in Agni, Bitter Oleander, Bloomsbury Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Christian Science Monitor, Confrontation, English Journal, Epoch, Flint Hills Review, International Gallerie (India), Kansas Quarterly, Letras (Chile), Magyar Naplo (Hungary), Midwest Quarterly, Minnesota Review, Missouri Review, New Letters, Northwest Review, Osiris, Pedrada Zurda (Ecuador), Poet’s Market, Queen’s Quarterly (Canada), Revista/Review Interamericana (Puerto Rico), Revista Solar (Mexico), Roanoke Review, Tampa Tribune, The Sunday Sun, Steaua (Romania), Sunstone, Tulane Review, Wasafiri (UK), and The Writer’s Journal. He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.