A Leisurely Bike Ride


A Leisurely Bike Ride

A leisurely bike ride along the bush track,

Nothing too strenuous – 2ks then back.

Nothing competitive; dawdling along,

Enjoying the scenery and humming a song.


A leisurely bike ride – me on my own,

No need to hurry, 2ks then home.

4ks in total, pedalling with ease,

One cloud of pollen watch out I may sneeze.


The bell birds say “tink” as I ride through their patch.

Then past an echidna having a scratch.

Butterflies easily keep up the pace.

Dragonflies hover; their wings look like lace.


The ride is delightful – it’s time to turn back,

But just wait a minute – what’s that on the track?

A kangaroo lazily hopping ahead.

Is it a grey or is it a red? I’ll just go and see…


Faster and faster I quadruple my cadence

Just scraping through a gap in a farm fence.

The kangaroo is bounding in front at great speed,

But I am the one who will soon take the lead.


I crank up the gears and decrease my resistance.

By crouching down low, in less time more distance.

With speed and endurance I’ve almost succeeded,

In passing a grey kangaroo unpreceded.


The tail wind is strong; I am zooming along,

But all of a sudden something goes wrong.

The kangaroo disappears off the bush track,

Into the scrub and doesn’t hop back.


I skid to a halt – my heart is arrhythmic.

I cannot believe it – oh what a mean trick!

And as the dust settles, I stand all alone,

Except for a sign that says – “20ks home.”


Louise McCarthy






3 thoughts on “A Leisurely Bike Ride

  1. Sweet poem! I loved the cadence of “The tail wind is strong; I am zooming along,/But all of a sudden something goes wrong.” It changed the feel of the poem so suddenly to the point that when I first read the next two lines, “The kangaroo disappears off the bush track,/Into the scrub and doesn’t hop back.,” I thought something terrible had happened to the kangaroo! But then it’s clear that she’d just hopped off to her own next adventure, leaving the speaker to hers 🙂

  2. Thank you Madeleine. I hadn’t actually thought about there being an element of suspense. I am glad you enjoyed the poem. It is interesting to hear a readers perspective. Kind Regards, Louise

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