hurt my leg fencingcan't ride my bike for six weeksthink it misses me?
I guess I'm too late to enter the contest, but:
Leaves and blood descend.Twisted wheels and limbs to mend.It was a great fall.
I don't ride bikesWhat am I missing?Flat tire hissing
Sixty wheels swish pastwhirring, clicking, spinning gearsdownhill towards the Tower
Boy on a care free glide Chasing the good humor man He stopped, I did not
I must have missed the deadline..
Wheels softly singingHush the concrete shoulder pathTrusting rain soaked brakes
Since I missed deadline. :-)
Spirited gears fireWind gliding through my bodyEarth bound, mind alive
Bike riders whizzing every which wayIgnore the lawPedestrians Beware!
Is it now my fateInspiration came too lateMy haiku below
Cycling up Haight StreetRequires much strengthOr an espresso
I ride all year roundfor fun, to heal mother earthover autos' roars.
Did I miss the deadline?Sending anyway. :-)
old yellow Schwinn--remembering the windin my brown hair
Oops, stepped off the bikeFoot lands on an acorn strewWoosh, and down I go.
Swishing figure eightsSlicing puddles into spraySurfing with the wind
right knee right elbowstreams of blood running down hillthe asphalts revenge
I don't ride a bike,Because the earth is not flat.That's a sign from God.
I came back looking for the submission form so I could get my submission in before midnight, but I'm not seeing it now. Please tell me I'm just missing something and it wasn't cut off right at midnight eastern time, even for the rest of us? Please, please, please? I really liked these ones I wrote and wanted to get them counted. If it helps, I wrote them over the course of this past week - I just held off on sending them just in case I ended up wanting to make any last-minute changes (which I didn't). Here they are, since I can't figure out any other way to at least put them out there:
Twenty pounds of steel,Worn blue paint, fond memoriesCarries me homeward
Tube-crippled, you limpNow, I start carrying *you*A role-reversal!
One quick-release slip,Snapped spoke, chain skip - and I'll fall.I have to trust you.
#1What is a baikua haiku about a bikeit's sunny today.
#2Playing cards on spokesclick click click click click click clickclick click click click click.
Wind in face and hair,Legs churning and pulse quickens.My bike is my pal.
Good luck to all of us here, but to be brutally honest, better luck to me, but dreams are beautiful, are they not? This is going to be fun. I've submitted my three and I'm very pleased with them. And I love reading all of the ones I've seen here. I hope more are posted so I have more to read - hmm, yes, including my own. Hey, gotta be proud of one's own work.
Again, good luck everyone!
Ride 'round this small town.More bike lanes can be found, in:Yugoslavia.
Dust showers my bike, layering it with guilt while my broken arm heals.
Stopped at the signal.Patience...oh, screw you, red light.I'll go anyway.
I wish I had known
About three haiku limit
Since I entered lots
I submitted my three with the form, but couldn't resist sharing all the ones I had been toying with:
Bike shares on the rise...Bike lobby conspiracy?Nope. Cities set free.
Wisdom for when the zombie apocalypse hits:Find me on my bike.
Once sneered at spandex,then learned about padded shorts.My butt is grateful.
To cycle is tosuffer. Some say it's zen.It's masochism.
New biker advice:It's never about the bike,always the rider.
My first ride clipless:After explosive power...a slow-motion fall.
My friend is scared toride clipless, but when she does...camera is ready.
Posting my haiku just to share it with other contestants.
Small helmet shiningFearless, wobbly, joy aboundsTraining wheels are gone
I believe a lot of people are submitting their haiku here in the 'Comments' column by mistake because of those scoring buttons.
Life lived with passionThe only way to travelCross country by bike
I listened to the show and read the entry rules carefully and thought I had the gist of this. Now I've come here to comments, see more rules and realize I way overshot the mark. I apologize for my 13 haiku! However I would have submitted three if I'd known that was the rule. What should I do now? I could narrow to three...
I just entered this haiku [with title] but I live in Austin TX now not Tucson. Just FYI.
Tucson Circa 1973
Summer’s cooled, late nightsBronzed legs cycle strong and wildFearlessly she rides
Bike is a wheel of changing timeYou cannot hold on to any momentOn my bike faces go byeSome smiling, some shyFreedom under the sky.
Restored to health throughmechanical surgery.Ah, but we are young.
One Haiku questionThanks for entering no showWhat do I do now?
(Non-poetic translation: I just submitted 3 haiku but never received even one 'Thanks for entering' response - did my poems "arrive"?)
Traffic Laws? Not Me!Entitlement on my bike.I am a Douche Bag!
Cadence, a strong spinA break away, a brief grinOh, now they pass me
First independenceAll around San FranciscoBaseball cards hit spokes
Bike's Age 33On it weekly with my CrewRide Cincinnati
Thank you for your comments. After you submit, the submission fields (Name, Email, Phone Number, etc.) goes away and the message "Thanks for entering!" appears. You will not get an email confirming your submission but that is how you will know it went through.
We will accept up to three submissions from each person and consider your best as your main entry. If you submit more than three we will not consider the remaining entries.
Again, if you do not use the submission form and leave your entry in the comments section, it will not be counted.
Thanks for participating and good luck!
-T. J. RaphaelDigital Content EditorThe Takeaway
Bike haiku great idea. Called my sister/friend in New Yorkand told her to enter. Then I tried!
I live in the middle of nowhere, so service can be spotty. How do I know if my haiku got through? Thanks.
Toe clips click in placeAt one with my bike, flying.Drats! Annoying flat.
I wrote my haiku, and submitted it without checking. I sent the wrong one. I submitted the correct one a few minutes ago. Can you disregard the first one sent this morning? I
Stoker on tandem -
Until you are in front
The view does not change.
Faster I pedalI have just one goal in mindThe finish line waits
Can we submit more than one time???
Any way to check our haiku after we submitted it just to make sure we didn't make any typos?
Thank you all so much for your comments!
I want to remind everyone that we will only accept submissions through our official form above. If you leave your haiku in the comments section it will NOT be counted as an entry.
Thank you and good luck!
With last rides of fall The click of gears disappear Spring will return us
I never experienced surenity like I did on my bike riding across Iowa on RAGBRI (The Registers Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa) 530 miles from west to east.
Corn on the right beans on the left and cookies and lemonade all over. I gained 5 pounds eating my way across the prarie.
Dancing with pedals, Painting circles with my feet;I now break away.
This is so much fun....I'm not riding right now, but I'm getting my bike back!!! Luckily, even though we were VERY poor, somehow, my Mom & Dad got me a bicycle for my 10th birthday! I was "over the moon"!
I sent a BAIKU - about that....
What a basic skill!Lucky kid who got a new Schwinn:EARLY WANDERLUST
Detroit city insectsI hear the crickets singingOn my bike commute
Need clear directionsSome bike writers have questionsRe verses, just one?
Really? That's your example Haiku? Do we single out the terrible drivers in every piece on cars on The Takeaway?
Not to be a stick in poem, but your example haiku is 5/7/6. But who's counting? More importantly, no haiku, or any poem for that matter, should be a lecture. Bad haiku -- which could, however, be a good name for a band.
Macho man pumpingIron bicycle pedalsRides into sunset
May we enter more than one haiku?
Across OhioIn one day two brothers ride:At times they are one
Sorry, but this is confusing. I just left my haiku and submitted it, and now I get this space to fill out. Is my haiku forever riding in cyberspace? lest it has been lost forever, I resubmit it here:
You won't let me pass.Can't even step on the gas.Move your skinny ass.
Thank you all for commenting!
I see several of you have left your haiku in the comments section on this page. In order to officially enter the contest you must enter through this submission form above.
Your entry will NOT be counted unless you enter above. Thanks for participating!
Riding my flyerGrinning my grin ear to earBug in mouth, of course
*Ode to My '73 Raleigh Sportz*
Fine brown frame - steely Within clean glide like guitar's slide:Rosetta - you rock!
can we enter more than one?
Should I ride my bike,or drive that gas guzzler?Money makes my choice.
Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring!Ooga! Ooga! Ooga! Ring!Get out of my way!
Bike seat, no paddingtexting girl in front of meboth pains in my ass.
Just submitted the biker haiku, but not sure if NPR "The Takeaway" received it. Anyway this is the haiku insurance policy submission:
Gettin' wheel on bike:through sun, rain, slush, even snowShoot the breezy gap.
Thanks for celebrating the bikes campaign, Steve Watson
pedal windtakes my breath awaywith my hat
Is there a link to the contest entries? I'd love to read the submissions!
Hi Stuart, thanks for commenting! To officially enter the contest you must fill out the above form. Thanks for listening!
My bike is my song.A melody for living.Enjoy the music.
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