The Corral, 1999 Page: 4
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Pappaw and the Bike
It came from a garage sale.
Rusted chain, chipped red paint,
A cracked, white plastic seat
Forming a web of intricate lines
Like roads on a map
Heading in all directions.
I mounted my bike,
Training wheels tossed in the grass
Beside the driveway.
Pappaw walked behind me
Gripping the back of the seat,
Sister off to the side,
Barefoot in the wet morning grass,
Positioned to record the moment
On her new Kodak camera.
I could hardly wait to show
The big kids already on two wheels
I could ride with them.
Pappaw's footsteps comforted me,
Steadying my wobbly balance.
Gravel crunched on the concrete.
I was gaining speed. Pappaw let go.
His footsteps stopped, and I took flight,
Circling until the film ran out.
Here’s what’s next.
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Hardin-Simmons University. The Corral, 1999, periodical, 1999; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth109488/m1/6/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hardin-Simmons University Library.