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Open Road Journey (Marlon D Bourque-Lafayette, LA)

Imagine a multicolored sea of helmets,
nervously fidgeting with clanging pedals.
Anxiety ridden enthusiasts sit in wait,
as the start signal wanes feverishly near.

Seemingly underway time has elapsed,
as the morning dew drops slowly fade.
Texas open-air is alive with promise,
that of rich pines accented cumulus sky.

Ribbons of lined asphalted pavement,
meander in the distance toward the horizon.
Shouts of “ passing on left “ become fewer,
as the therapeutic solitude engulfs your senses.

Methodical rhythms of each tire revolution,
becomes like a fuel to fire the finish line momentum.
Amidst the challenge of steep upward grades,
comes the fascination of the near weightless downhill.

Alas the period of glory is approaching,
as tired, aching, exhausted muscles sense rest.
Completion of the arduous task behind,
the physical body sensation is pure rush of “ high “.


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