Enter The Takeaway Bike Challenge

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 05:37 PM


T.J. Raphael


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Comments [72]

Dick King from Sunnyvale

hurt my leg fencing
can't ride my bike for six weeks
think it misses me?

Oct. 03 2013 08:24 PM
Isaiah Laderman


Sep. 30 2013 01:26 PM
James from Philadelphia

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.

Sep. 28 2013 08:27 PM
LJ from North Bergen, NJ

I don't ride bikes
What am I missing?
Flat tire hissing

Sep. 28 2013 10:12 AM
lj from North Bergen, NJ


Sep. 28 2013 10:09 AM
Leanne from - as seen on Fredericksburg road, San Antonio, TX

Sixty wheels swish past
whirring, clicking, spinning gears
downhill towards the Tower

Sep. 27 2013 12:13 PM
Kir from Detroit WDET

Boy on a care free glide
Chasing the good humor man
He stopped, I did not

Sep. 27 2013 10:17 AM
Paula from Illinois

I must have missed the deadline..

Wheels softly singing
Hush the concrete shoulder path
Trusting rain soaked brakes

Sep. 25 2013 02:12 PM
anthony from tampa

Since I missed deadline. :-)

Spirited gears fire
Wind gliding through my body
Earth bound, mind alive

Sep. 25 2013 12:47 PM
Dharma Girl from NYC

Bike riders whizzing every which way
Ignore the law
Pedestrians Beware!

Sep. 24 2013 09:13 PM
Jo from The Takeaway bicycle haiku

Is it now my fate
Inspiration came too late
My haiku below

Cycling up Haight Street
Requires much strength
Or an espresso

Sep. 23 2013 05:07 PM

I ride all year round
for fun, to heal mother earth
over autos' roars.

Sep. 23 2013 04:48 PM
Jill Lange from Cleveland Heights

Did I miss the deadline?
Sending anyway. :-)

old yellow Schwinn--
remembering the wind
in my brown hair

Sep. 23 2013 03:38 PM
Marja from Minneapolis

Oops, stepped off the bike
Foot lands on an acorn strew
Woosh, and down I go.

Sep. 23 2013 03:21 PM
Debra Kuptz from Dettoit

Swishing figure eights
Slicing puddles into spray
Surfing with the wind

Sep. 23 2013 12:30 PM
Doug Hancock from Portland Oreogn

right knee right elbow
streams of blood running down hill
the asphalts revenge

Sep. 23 2013 11:48 AM
Beth Prather from Robert Lee, Texas

I don't ride a bike,
Because the earth is not flat.
That's a sign from God.

Sep. 23 2013 11:29 AM
Kate Rigot from Denver, CO

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 memories
Carries me homeward

Tube-crippled, you limp
Now, I start carrying *you*
A role-reversal!

One quick-release slip,
Snapped spoke, chain skip - and I'll fall.
I have to trust you.

Sep. 23 2013 12:13 AM
Margaret Newcomb from White Salmon, WA

What is a baiku
a haiku about a bike
it's sunny today.

Playing cards on spokes
click click click click click click click
click click click click click.

Sep. 21 2013 07:10 PM
Harold Stroupe from Rochester Hills, MI

Wind in face and hair,
Legs churning and pulse quickens.
My bike is my pal.

Sep. 21 2013 04:30 PM
Shelley Smith-Hookey from St. Louis

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!

Sep. 21 2013 03:39 PM
Basil Mooncycle from Asheville, NC

Ride 'round this small town.
More bike lanes can be found, in:

Sep. 21 2013 03:02 PM
Karen Olson from Seattle

Dust showers my bike,
layering it with guilt while
my broken arm heals.

Sep. 21 2013 02:13 PM

Stopped at the signal.
Patience...oh, screw you, red light.
I'll go anyway.

Sep. 20 2013 04:46 PM
Kel from Stillwater, OK

I wish I had known

About three haiku limit

Since I entered lots

Sep. 20 2013 02:25 PM
Anton from New York, NY

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 to
suffer. 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 to
ride clipless, but when she does...
camera is ready.

Sep. 20 2013 10:39 AM
Angela Kubinec

Posting my haiku just to share it with other contestants.

Small helmet shining
Fearless, wobbly, joy abounds
Training wheels are gone

Sep. 20 2013 10:09 AM
Maggie Rowe

I believe a lot of people are submitting their haiku here in the 'Comments' column by mistake because of those scoring buttons.

Sep. 19 2013 06:29 PM
Keith Reed from Perkins Oklahoma

Life lived with passion
The only way to travel
Cross country by bike

Sep. 19 2013 02:38 PM
Baker Dozen from Maui, HI

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...

Sep. 19 2013 02:06 PM
barbie clifton from Austin TX

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 nights
Bronzed legs cycle strong and wild
Fearlessly she rides

Sep. 19 2013 01:46 PM
Joanne from Bay Ridge, NY

Bike is a wheel of changing time
You cannot hold on to any moment
On my bike faces go bye
Some smiling, some shy
Freedom under the sky.

Sep. 19 2013 11:44 AM
Rachel from St. Louis, MO

Restored to health through
mechanical surgery.
Ah, but we are young.

Sep. 18 2013 10:23 PM
Marcia from Oahu, Hawaii

One Haiku question
Thanks for entering no show
What 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"?)

Sep. 18 2013 08:50 PM
Rich from Portland, Oregon

Traffic Laws? Not Me!
Entitlement on my bike.
I am a Douche Bag!

Sep. 18 2013 06:19 PM
William Cilley from Cincinnati Ohio

Cadence, a strong spin
A break away, a brief grin
Oh, now they pass me

Sep. 18 2013 03:46 PM
Gary Sello from Novato, CA

First independence
All around San Francisco
Baseball cards hit spokes

Sep. 18 2013 03:41 PM
William Cilley from Cincinnati Ohio

Bike's Age 33
On it weekly with my Crew
Ride Cincinnati

Sep. 18 2013 03:31 PM

Hi everyone!

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. Raphael
Digital Content Editor
The Takeaway

Sep. 18 2013 01:56 PM

Bike haiku great idea. Called my sister/friend in New York
and told her to enter. Then I tried!

Sep. 18 2013 01:45 PM
Lily ratatosk from Vestaburg

I live in the middle of nowhere, so service can be spotty. How do I know if my haiku got through? Thanks.

Sep. 18 2013 12:54 PM
Michelle Faison from Detroit, MI

Toe clips click in place
At one with my bike, flying.
Drats! Annoying flat.

Sep. 17 2013 09:35 PM
susan wilkes from centerport, NY

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

Sep. 17 2013 09:14 PM
Barry Quinn from NJ

Stoker on tandem -

Until you are in front

The view does not change.

Sep. 17 2013 09:05 PM
Cavonta Davis from Rock Hill, SC

Faster I pedal
I have just one goal in mind
The finish line waits

Sep. 17 2013 06:35 PM
Jessica Heller from ky

Can we submit more than one time???

Sep. 17 2013 04:28 PM
EM Matteson from St. Louis MO

Any way to check our haiku after we submitted it just to make sure we didn't make any typos?

Sep. 17 2013 04:19 PM

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!

-T. J. Raphael
Digital Content Editor
The Takeaway

Sep. 17 2013 04:05 PM
steve from MN

With last rides of fall
The click of gears disappear
Spring will return us

Sep. 17 2013 03:36 PM
Greg Amato from Woodstock, Ill

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.

Sep. 17 2013 03:35 PM
Chris from San Mateo, Ca

How cool!!!

Dancing with pedals,
Painting circles with my feet;
I now break away.

Sep. 17 2013 03:27 PM

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:

Sep. 17 2013 03:20 PM
Maggie Kantola from Detroit, MI

Detroit city insects
I hear the crickets singing
On my bike commute

Sep. 17 2013 03:20 PM
Lynne LeWitt from Berwyn, PA

Need clear directions
Some bike writers have questions
Re verses, just one?

Sep. 17 2013 02:11 PM
Vince from Austin, TX

Really? That's your example Haiku? Do we single out the terrible drivers in every piece on cars on The Takeaway?

Sep. 17 2013 01:29 PM
Jim from Midland, MI

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.

Sep. 17 2013 01:07 PM
Stephen Dreyfus from Greenville, SC

Macho man pumping
Iron bicycle pedals
Rides into sunset

Sep. 17 2013 10:24 AM
Kathleen from Greenville, SC

May we enter more than one haiku?

Sep. 17 2013 09:44 AM
David B McCoy from Massillon, Ohio

Across Ohio
In one day two brothers ride:
At times they are one

Sep. 17 2013 09:41 AM
Sandie Gaertner from Athens Ohio

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.

Sep. 17 2013 09:08 AM

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!

-T. J. Raphael
Digital Content Editor
The Takeaway

Sep. 17 2013 07:07 AM
Tim Omachi from Eugene, OR

Riding my flyer
Grinning my grin ear to ear
Bug in mouth, of course

Sep. 17 2013 01:22 AM
Erika from Bowling Green, KY

*Ode to My '73 Raleigh Sportz*

Fine brown frame - steely
Within clean glide like guitar's slide:
Rosetta - you rock!

Sep. 16 2013 11:18 PM
Denise from Texas

can we enter more than one?

Sep. 16 2013 10:28 PM
Tim Omachi from Eugene, OR

Should I ride my bike,
or drive that gas guzzler?
Money makes my choice.

Sep. 16 2013 08:10 PM
Tim Omachi from Eugene, OR

Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring!
Ooga! Ooga! Ooga! Ring!
Get out of my way!

Sep. 16 2013 07:13 PM
Ike McMahon from Tampa, FL

Bike seat, no padding
texting girl in front of me
both pains in my ass.

Sep. 16 2013 05:41 PM
Steve Watson from Minneapolis, MN 55419

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 snow
Shoot the breezy gap.

Thanks for celebrating the bikes campaign, Steve Watson

Sep. 16 2013 04:09 PM
jkdarrow from Marin County CA


pedal wind
takes my breath away
with my hat

Sep. 16 2013 03:47 PM
Heidi from Portland OR

Is there a link to the contest entries? I'd love to read the submissions!

Sep. 16 2013 01:15 PM

Hi Stuart, thanks for commenting! To officially enter the contest you must fill out the above form. Thanks for listening!

-T. J. Raphael
Digital Content Editor
The Takeaway

Sep. 16 2013 01:12 PM
Stuart Alvarado from Melbourne, Fl

My bike is my song.
A melody for living.
Enjoy the music.

Sep. 16 2013 01:06 PM

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