Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rusted Bicycle

I saw you dream inside of me last night. You were anguished and not running anymore. Your hair lacked luster and your body was still too small.

There were uneasy moments of recognition. Time had trampled your garden. And rusted the bicycle that used to lean against your outer walls.

You turned very slowly to walk away from where I was sitting. Then you stretched the moment and asked: "What did you say?" I had said nothing. Not like before.

Then you asked to see my hands. But I had left them at home.

So I bent down on my kneez and kissed the cheeks of your three beautiful children. Each with a wish of happiness. And a life of principle and so much more.

So this morning I decided to write beyond remorse.


Now I promise myself to remember who I wrote this for.

6 comments:

Dione said...

Ridwan,
I had no idea you were such a poet!
That is an amazing poem; there is a lot of feeling there. You have so many great talents; you’re full of wonderful surprises.
The message of the poem is very sad, so it also sounds as if condolences are in order... I'm sure they would feel especially honored by your remembering them in a poem of which you wrote so eloquently

Ridwan said...

Dione you are too kind. Thanks.

I never intended it to be a poem.

Glad you like it and can see some of what it conveys.

I layered it purposely. And it is hardly a sympathetic rendering.

The last sentence is therefore not what it seems.

Be well my friend.

Peace,
Ridwan

GiGi - The Shy Giraffe said...

I read it twice. I love how it flows. If only I have talent with words like you do..

Love, peace and hair grease.

=:O)

Ridwan said...

Hello Gigi:

Thank you kindly my sista. It means a lot to hear you say that to me.

I hear you on the flow ... it came from my heart.

I hope you are well ... and I look forward to hearing a lot more from you. Holla when you can.

Be well my dear sista.

Salaams,
Ridwan

Guerrilla Redneck said...

Ridwan, Here I am! It is good to see you.

Ridwan said...

Guerilla Redneck it is good to see you up and running brother. I just hopped over to your blog and look forward to reading more.

Onward!

Ridwan