BIKE LIFE


just remember that life is like a bicycle
it spins around and around
and sometimes the tire pops
but you just get a new tire
and go around and around again

how do i
get a new tire though

well
you fell off your bike and skinned your knee
when it popped
so you wait until the knee heals
then go to the bike shop
of lief

but what if
what if i keep wanting to ride the
same old broken bike

you will continue
to fall off of it
and eventually instead of skinning your knee
you will face plant
and die
SOUNDS TERRIBLE DOESNT IT

MY HEAD KNOWS IT IS TERRIBLE
BUT MY HART DOES NOT
DUMB HART

THAT IS BECAUSE
the heart is really fucking cheap
and doesn’t want to go buy a new tire

are you still alive
you didn’t fall over the handlebars yet
right

i will make up bicycle metaphors to fix your heart
but it will probably not work
the heart is an airplane or something
because when a plane breaks
everyone dies

About Rachel Hyman & Justin Carter

Rachel Hyman is the co-editor of Banango Street and founding editor of Anthology of Chicago. She is the author of Dear S, forthcoming from Big Lucks in 2015. Other writing has recently been published in Illuminati Girl Gang, The Scrambler, and VECTOR. She lives in Chicago and can be found at www.rachelhyman.info.                      Justin Carter is co-editor of Banango Street & a PhD student at the University of North Texas. His poems appear/will appear in The Collagist, Hobart, The Journal, Ninth Letter, & Sonora Review. He can be found online at justinrcarter.tumblr.com.

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