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A no-handed song in her heart

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 26 August 2009 | Views [669] | Comments [4]

It is not a day for bicycles

As she pedals downhill into a blustery headwind

A coldness just off pinpricking snow

Head down and hands burning

But, on recollection

T'was warm this morning

Spring-like, even

And with the wind behind her

She rode most of the way

With no hands

Arms out like a bird

Wind assisted

She avoided a late note

And a firm look

She is a teacher she should be on time

She is not meant to have fun

On the way to work

Deliciously so

Sunlit so

Whoops it was an accident

And she probably should use hands

She was wearing a helmet though

Model citizen she is


But now she struggles

To get home to her dog

Who will be curled in the smallest of balls

In the back corner of the shed

Blown this way then that

She almost has to zigzag

Like a sailor cutting in too close to the wind

Hang on



Don’t run into a parked car.

She spys a smug skateboarder

Jacket spread out like a sail

Gliding in the opposite direction

Oh but only if she lived to the south

She would not have to ride home into a


But t’would be so much more harder

To get to work at all

Let alone on time

With a no-handed song in her heart.

Tags: bicycle, no hands, wind



Melissa, I just spent far too long reading your evocative stories. I happened upon them while searching for a way to humanely get rid of frogs from my toilet. Now I still have no frog answers but am inspired by your writing. And it is so refreshing to know that there are still some young teachers who have a dreaming quality. I am going to send your link to my daughters who I know will love them too - hope you are OK with that.
Warm wishes from Jo(an older, somewhat jaded teacher).

  Jo Nov 22, 2009 1:22 PM


hello u have never seen me type iam bad very bad indeed
and your stories r good can i have your email adress

  jess Dec 30, 2009 3:33 PM


Love your writing and your adventures Melissa. I travelled from Quito to Santiago some 18 months ago and loved every moment of it. I am an ex "chalkie" so am in sympathy with some of your references.

  Morgan Apr 12, 2010 10:32 AM


Lovely Melissa...
I have allowed myself a little procrastination time this evening, before planning tomorrow's lessons.....
I have ventured through my emails, through random google searches, through facebook.... only to find myself unexpectedly here, at this poem. Ohhh it was just what I needed today. Really.
Thankyou for your words! I hope to cross paths with you in Melbs again before too long, when my oh so hectic teacher's life settles down to be replaced by some holiday fun. xxxx Jedda

  Jedda Davis Nov 25, 2010 6:50 PM

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