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  Everyday you test gravity.  You charge the steep hill on your ’57 Schwinn.  You fly for awhile, Standing as you pedal, getting into it.  Cars pass you by  You pass by parked cars.  The grade  slows  you  down. And then you can’t  go anymore. You could cut across the paved hill  Weave back and forth to climb higher,  but you’re not ready for that.  Everyday you take it straight on. Get a little further.  Yesterday, the green house with the white rock lawn.  Today, the periwinkle mailbox.  You stop, astride your ride, heaving, breathing heavy  Precious sweat dripping down your face, under your shirt,  On your chest, a faint recollection.  Strength a distance memory.  A smile.  A periwinkle mailbox.  What you need.  You wonder who paints their mailbox this fanciful color?  They wonder who rides an old bike up a steep hill?  Everyday we test gravity.          

 

Everyday you test gravity.

You charge the steep hill on your ’57 Schwinn.

You fly for awhile, Standing as you pedal, getting into it.

Cars pass you by

You pass by parked cars.

The grade  slows  you  down. And then you can’t

go anymore. You could cut across the paved hill

Weave back and forth to climb higher,

but you’re not ready for that.

Everyday you take it straight on. Get a little further.

Yesterday, the green house with the white rock lawn.

Today, the periwinkle mailbox.

You stop, astride your ride, heaving, breathing heavy

Precious sweat dripping down your face, under your shirt,

On your chest, a faint recollection.

Strength a distance memory.

A smile.

A periwinkle mailbox.

What you need.

You wonder who paints their mailbox this fanciful color?

They wonder who rides an old bike up a steep hill?

Everyday we test gravity.