Tuesday, December 21, 2010
i’ve heard the enthusiasts and environmentalists
Bicycles could change Los Angeles
enter: Bogota Ciclovia
i get it.
don’t have to ride a bike to know
70 miles of streets closed to cars
once a week could be a lovely thing
red flag: the day we start talking about
the abolition of automobiles altogether
it is a red flag.
not for the sake of balance.
not for the parents toting kids.
not even for the sake of this city’s
reputation of unhappy drones
sitting in traffic, exhaust fighting
with the sky
and, oh, the frustration!
the guns and middle fingers!
the Road Rage!
but for the selfish
little ladies like me
The privilege of loose schedules
and malleable pathways
make way with history
who all come together and
to investigate the little glories,
the chamber moments in my car
for the soundtrack!
for every page, poem and story,
for this city who beckons me to explore her
from the foot of the 405 to the neck of the 118
galavanting on the 2 or the 22, the 605 or the 60,
dive past the 210 or relax in to home on the 110
to love this city for its sprawl and rendezvous
with her every inch at any moment, without hesitation
it is no small thing,
this love between me and the drive.
this love-lust reverence
for my life lived with
for some, it is a haven
and not a trap
this passion behind my wheel,