Beautiful Day Riding Bikes at Miami Whitewater Forest

Learning the Bicycle

by Wyatt Prunty

for Heather

The older children pedal past

Stable as little gyros, spinning hard

To supper, bath, and bed, until at last

We also quit, silent and tired

Beside the darkening yard where trees

Now shadow up instead of down.

Their predictable lengths can only tease

Her as, head lowered, she walks her bike alone

Somewhere between her wanting to ride

And her certainty she will always fall.

Tomorrow, though I will run behind,

Arms out to catch her, she'll tilt then balance wide

Of my reach, till distance makes her small,

Smaller, beyond the place I stop and know

That to teach her I had to follow

And when she learned I had to let her go.


  1. What a beautiful place to ride! The poem brought back memories of learning to ride.

  2. This parenting business is tough sometimes. Especially the letting go.


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