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Daily Poem – The Rider

July 17, 2006

The Rider

Naomi Shihab Nye


A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him,

the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion.

What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down King William Street
is if it translates to bicycles.

A victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
…for the complete poem, go to:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/165.html
Primary Source:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/

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