Free Verse Friday, Edition 1

04.27.2012 | 7:20 am

For years — seven of them! — I’ve wondered what to do for the Friday edition of this blog.

“Why is Friday different than other days?” you might reasonably ask.

“Well,” I answer, reasonably, because you started out reasonably and so I felt reassured that you weren’t just trying to start an argument for the sake of arguing, “People in general are less likely to spend a lot of time with a blog on Fridays, because they’re more interested in wrapping work up and getting on with their weekends. In fact, a lot of people don’t even read blogs on Fridays at all.”

“And also,” I continue, still reasonably, “on Fridays I am generally kind of interested in getting on with the weekend, too.”

Finally, with utmost reasonableness, I conclude, “So big long posts on Friday don’t make a ton of sense.”

Anyway, ’til now my strategy for Fridays has been, “Do nothing.” It seems like a sound strategy, and is certainly easy to adhere to.

But this morning, I had an idea.

“What if,” I said, because apparently I am doing a lot of monologuing today, “I reserved Fridays for poetry? Specifically, short, poignant, evocative, original free verse in which I describe what my plans are for the weekend?”

“And furthermore,” I said, to nobody in particular, which made sense because nobody was even around, “What if I encouraged whatever readers happen to stumble (for I imagine my readers as the type of people who often stumble about) across my blog to comment in the form of free verse as well, whether to describe their own weekend plans or make snappy remarks about mine!”

I knew, instantly, that this is was a brilliant plan, and not just because I was the one who had it.

And so, without further introduction, I present the first Edition of:

Free Verse Friday, Edition 1: Ruminations on Quality of Life, and On Bratwurst

The workweek has been long

And intense

I have convinced eight analysts

To put more than 1200 pieces of paper on a wall

Truly, I am persuasive

But I am tired

So tired

But wait!

The house smells of bratwurst, boiling in beer

In a few short hours I am going to Moab

To ride around the White Rim

With friends

And family

And a few people I probably have never met

Annual RAWROD tomorrow!

Bratwurst by campfire tonight!

My life is perfect.

Thank you.

PS: For those of you who wish to comment in the form of free verse, please do your best to end your poem with “Thank you” so that we know it’s done.


  1. Comment by Jenni | 04.27.2012 | 7:32 am

    The plane smelled like feet
    But the coffee is now hot
    In a new city to ride my bike
    And get paid
    Life is good

    Thank you

  2. Comment by Fleg | 04.27.2012 | 7:34 am

    Something about non-rhyming or free verse poems just make them seem like a list of thoughts to me.

    Thank you

  3. Comment by Truck | 04.27.2012 | 7:35 am

    Long weeks

    Made longer when you work only

    four days

    Played golf on Monday

    Eagled Number 9

    Downhill ever since

    MSU (E. Lansing) Spring Football






    Thank you.


  4. Comment by Matt | 04.27.2012 | 7:35 am

    After the weekend the
    stitches come out and I get my
    pointer finger back.
    Just finished sharpening the santoku and went to open the steak too lazy
    to find the scissors I told the lady
    who put me back together.
    A week of worse than usual hunt and peck typing
    A week of nasty spring riding weather anyway
    the car to and from work
    is at least a place for a second cup of coffee.
    And at night the rollers, sweat on the basement concrete
    surrounded by unkempt projects:
    an old univega
    the minivelo with the dollar bill tire boot still in
    the fixie needs a headset
    The bike on the rollers itself
    carries last years sullied white tape.
    New grip, new tires and cable housing all await
    but tonight It’s just spinning and bad TV
    The weekend will bring me to the garden
    riding moments will be stolen and against sound advice.
    After the weekend the stitches come out
    and I get my pointer finger back and
    I can ride again.

    Thank You.

  5. Comment by chickenbocks | 04.27.2012 | 7:45 am

    I’m sure the neighbors wonder

    Why I mow and mulch and water and clean up every Thursday evening

    sometimes, long after dark

    If they cycled with friends on weekends, they’d understand

  6. Comment by chickenbocks | 04.27.2012 | 7:45 am

    I’m sure the neighbors wonder

    Why I mow and mulch and water and clean up every Thursday evening

    sometimes, long after dark

    If they cycled with friends on weekends, they’d understand

    Thank you.

  7. Comment by Al | 04.27.2012 | 7:51 am

    Frustratingly this week
    The work has dragged on
    And drags on still.
    The rain has rained on
    And rains on still.
    So my free time has been spent
    Looking out the window
    And wondering why I am too wussy to ride in the rain.
    New cables, new chain and block and new wheels
    Are part of the truth.
    But, if I’m honest, only part.
    Still, Saturday beckons
    And I have a free morning.
    So rain, wind or sun
    I will ride.
    And I hope you have as much fun at RAWROD
    As I will in the roads nearby.

    Thank you.

  8. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 04.27.2012 | 7:56 am

    Friday haiku:

    Mayo waiting room
    My bike is lonely at home
    Things we do for love

    Thank you

  9. Comment by Turn The Damn Cranks | 04.27.2012 | 8:20 am

    Flu for days.
    Finally a bit better, but must travel this weekend.
    Would rather ride my bike.

    Thank you.

  10. Comment by Elisabethvi | 04.27.2012 | 8:21 am

    I know what we’re having for dinner!

    Your words have made quite an impression.
    Thank you!

  11. Comment by Jeff Bike | 04.27.2012 | 8:25 am

    Working for hire
    Riding for fun
    Life goes on

    Thank you

  12. Comment by owen | 04.27.2012 | 8:25 am

    cold and rainy weather is in store
    but I will not be denied my chance to ride
    as Leadville looms
    I will dig deep and attack the darkness
    on my trainer in the basement

    thank you

  13. Comment by owen | 04.27.2012 | 8:26 am

    cold and rainy weather is in store
    but I will not be denied my chance to ride
    …as Leadville looms
    I will dig deep and attack the darkness
    on my trainer in the basement

    thank you

  14. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 04.27.2012 | 8:32 am


  15. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 04.27.2012 | 8:39 am

    I’m nuts.
    Signed up for a Century, my first.
    Guaranteed to be my worst???
    Better get out and ride to Ogden,
    it’s much better than weeding the garden.

    “Stop rhyming and I mean it!”

    “Anybody want a peanut?”

    See? I’m nuts.

  16. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 04.27.2012 | 8:40 am

    Thank you.

  17. Comment by Rick | 04.27.2012 | 8:54 am

    Its the weekend.

    Time to ride!


    Thank You…

  18. Comment by Rich | 04.27.2012 | 9:00 am

    Finally its Friday
    the week has been long
    I haven’t ridden at all
    Will suffer in Chico on Sunday
    Then the brewery
    All will be well
    Thank you

  19. Comment by GenghisKhan | 04.27.2012 | 9:04 am

    Thank you.

    Thank you?

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    Thank you! (very much).

  20. Comment by KM | 04.27.2012 | 9:21 am

    Too sick to ride this week,

    I’m Short on breath and sleep

    I see my bikes

    They look very nice

    I wish I felt less like a ill sheep

    Hey! You try to make this work. Thank you.

  21. Comment by TimD | 04.27.2012 | 9:35 am

    Going for a beer
    With my dear

    Thank you

  22. Comment by onomastic | 04.27.2012 | 9:37 am

    I’m an attorney
    so the concept of free,
    whether trials or verse,
    is anathema to me.
    I just got off my bike
    from a great morning ride.
    Another tomorrow.
    And Sunday outside
    on the weekend’s big test,
    but my sons will ride, too,
    so third wheel drafting
    will help me fight through.
    Family and bikes
    and healthiness, too.
    I can’t ask for more.
    I’m done, so Thank You.

  23. Comment by DAC | 04.27.2012 | 9:39 am

    100 miles so far this week.

    25 Monday, making up for Sunday rain

    25 Tuesday, 28.9 top speed

    25 Wednesday, where’s my rest day

    Thursday, pretend to sleep in; wish I was riding. What if it rains tomorrow?

    25 this morning, watching the sun rise in the Florida sky.

    Two days left; which is crazier?

    175 for the week, or I’ll be 61 in 12 days?

    Thank you.

  24. Comment by mykill | 04.27.2012 | 9:45 am

    i switched to clipless
    i aspire to be falless.

    Thank You.

  25. Comment by Lisa in Athens | 04.27.2012 | 9:46 am

    Driving an hour north
    To get my hair did and go to
    SOMEONE ELSE’S baby shower
    Concert on Sunday
    Return to work Monday
    I’d rather stay gone a few more days.

    Thank you.

  26. Comment by BrewCityChris | 04.27.2012 | 9:47 am

    Elementary School Talent Show Friday
    Rain all day Saturday
    Trainer in the Morning
    B-Day Party in the Afternoon
    Sunshine to return on Sunday
    Metric Century?
    Bratwurst & Beer does sound good
    Monday will come too soon

    Thank You

  27. Comment by Miles Archer | 04.27.2012 | 9:48 am


    Haiku does not need
    superfluous Thank you
    after the poem

  28. Comment by mykill | 04.27.2012 | 9:54 am

    Folded not quite into a racer’s tuck
    like one of those famous
    San Francisco burritos
    that take two pieces of foil to wrap and the
    belly still peeks through,
    pink and soft and bursting
    with one too many dollops of sour cream.

    But watch him chew up those hills,
    fueled by equal parts
    Cholula and fear
    of dying like his parents
    who had hearts that stopped beating
    long before their hearts
    stopped beating.

    Thank you

    (i actually wrote that a few weeks ago and needed somewhere to put it, woo free verse friday!)

  29. Comment by Geoffrey | 04.27.2012 | 9:58 am

    This week I had the highest hematocrit in a very long time

    13.5 which is low for many

    This meant I could submit myself to apheresis

    Two units of red blood cells at one time

    Blood flowing voluntarily

    A wee bit woozy as a result so no ride yesterday

    Today I flag

    for the great Archipelago ride

    which I will not do

    but want to serve

    Tomorrow is the longest ride I’ve done in three years

    Call it altitude training

    Or simply stupid

    I will have fun

    But to serve, to submit, to help

    That is the great route to the true source of Joy

    Thank you

  30. Comment by Miles Archer | 04.27.2012 | 10:00 am

    stolen verse:

    I’ve got a bike, you can ride it if you like.
    It’s got a basket, a bell that rings
    And things to make it look good.
    I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

  31. Comment by Graham | 04.27.2012 | 10:13 am

    Heading out to prom
    Dressed up and sober tonight
    Teachers do it all

    (A haiku for you!)

  32. Comment by Eric | 04.27.2012 | 10:50 am

    The week’s been good.
    Easy at work.
    No training, “I’m tapering”
    Early to bed tonight.
    Tomorrow I rise early
    to run 26.2
    My marathon goal: just beat Fatty :)

    Thank you

  33. Comment by Julian | 04.27.2012 | 10:58 am

    Haiku works for me

    Excitement building: verse now,

    New bike tomorrow

  34. Comment by berry | 04.27.2012 | 11:27 am

    At work by 8.


    That is just too early for me.

    But the beer ride is tonight.

    All will be well.

    Thank you.

  35. Comment by Brian in VA | 04.27.2012 | 11:30 am

    I work to live.
    Not live to work.
    I’d love to play every day
    But no one pays me for it.
    If you love your work.
    You’ll never work another day in your life.
    I’m fortunate because
    I do love my work.
    But I cycle
    Therefore, I am.
    Thank you!

  36. Comment by wishiwasmerckx | 04.27.2012 | 11:36 am


    is an epic poem…

    Thank you.

  37. Comment by RandoBoy | 04.27.2012 | 11:43 am

    Weeks of yore
    On my butt wore
    A saddle sore
    ‘Tis now no more

    Thank you

  38. Comment by Tommysmo | 04.27.2012 | 11:55 am

    Ahhhh it’s the weekend!

    But the boy puked at 4:30 this morning.

    The wife has a baby shower on Saturday afternoon.

    Will any or all of us end up

    Reclining on the sofa

    Instead os using our two-wheeled


    No, Thank You!





    Thank You

  39. Comment by N1LUL | 04.27.2012 | 11:56 am

    Work sucked
    2 SufferFest sessions actually more fun
    First group ride Sunday
    But it looks like rain

    Thank You

  40. Comment by M.A. | 04.27.2012 | 12:02 pm

    Sleet flies past apple blossoms
    Bees huddle inside
    Fall food shortages forecast
    While I dream of sunny rides

    Thank you

  41. Comment by centurion | 04.27.2012 | 12:03 pm

    eyes tear
    nose pinched closed

  42. Comment by Clydesteve | 04.27.2012 | 12:28 pm

    Sunday tried help wife ride green horse by holding reins
    failed – hose bolted wife jumped off
    wife sore
    my hands ripped open – covered with huge blisters
    raw gaping wounds too
    Friday hands healed enough to ride bike Saturday
    wife feeling better
    life is good, no?

    Thank You

  43. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 04.27.2012 | 12:41 pm

    Survive meeting with the VP
    Drive to Mom’s across the state
    Run a trail half marathon – woohoo!
    Love it

    Thank you

  44. Comment by Neil | 04.27.2012 | 12:44 pm

    Pontiac race in the rain
    might puke
    rinse with warm gatorade
    much better than writing technical incident reports
    this is messed up

    Thank you

  45. Comment by hannah | 04.27.2012 | 12:45 pm

    Baby is still too little to

    sleep through the night

    go more than 2 hours without nursing

    wear a bike helmet

    so my two-wheeled friend

    sits in the garage

    and waits

    the way I should


    until the day comes

    when i can ride again.

    Thank you

  46. Comment by Susie H | 04.27.2012 | 12:46 pm

    Oh, Lord.

    What you have started.


    Thank you.

  47. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 04.27.2012 | 12:58 pm

    And this, excerpted from Dracula From Houston (by The Butthole Surfers):

    Got no future
    Great big past
    Little bitty guy on the rim of my glass
    Gotta meet the plane so I can get my monkey
    Teach him to be cool
    But a little bit funky
    Got no credit
    And I got no fear
    And I got about a buck
    So I can buy a beer
    Gotta see a doctor ‘bout the words I’ve said
    And I gotta get a bike
    And I gotta paint it red

    The last part of the refrain often runs through my head while riding with that happy feeling of endless possibilities:

    You don’t have to be there
    Cause I’m never never never
    Comin’ home

    Thank You!

  48. Comment by leroy | 04.27.2012 | 1:04 pm

    (Note to self: do not trust my dog when he says I’m only interested in going for an easy spin.)

    Danke Schoen, my dog, Danke Schoen.
    Thank you for all the strain and pain.
    I recall, Central Park and a fall, how I tore my shorts, your retorts, laughs and snorts, that’s not all.

    Danke Schoen, my dog, Danke Schoen.
    You attacked when I dropped my chain.
    Though we go, each a seperate way, still the memories stay, you will pay, my legs say, Danke Schoen.

    Danke Schoen, Auf Wiedersehn, Danke Schoen.

  49. Comment by Liz | 04.27.2012 | 1:25 pm

    Work: A difficult task lies ahead.

    Family: Laid a beloved aunt to rest today.

    Mountain Bike: Ready to take all my frustrations and sorrows for a long ride tomorrow.

    Thank you.

  50. Comment by Tom in MN | 04.27.2012 | 1:41 pm

    Work week almost over.
    Ride home along the Mississippi.
    Screen house with a bottle of Red.
    Time to kick the tires and light the fires.
    Have great weekend.

  51. Comment by Richard P. Kelly | 04.27.2012 | 1:44 pm

    When tasked to pen his first, my son wrote what has become my favorite poem:

    Is there anything so useless as a poem?
    A poet, perhaps?

  52. Comment by T-Mac | 04.27.2012 | 1:44 pm

    Watching the sun from inside
    I yearn to go for a ride
    The weekends now here
    so bring on the beer
    Monday I’ll be totally fried.

    Thank you.

  53. Comment by Kukui | 04.27.2012 | 1:55 pm

    Free-verse: Haiku style!

    Cycling in the sun
    All my troubles melt away
    Seattle Springtime

    Thank you. =)

  54. Comment by a chris | 04.27.2012 | 2:06 pm

    Hannah needs a bakfiets,
    and more sleep
    I need that too
    I should really get off the net
    and close my eyes for ten minutes
    until I hear screaming offspring
    gotta lotta riding in this week
    just not very fast
    see bakfiets remark above
    weekend will be kids and work
    and lousy weather
    Thank you.

    Man, Fatty’s server didn’t like my poem
    Try again
    Thank you.

  55. Comment by David Atos | 04.27.2012 | 2:25 pm

    Police bike auction
    buying stolen goods for fun
    spend five bucks on a beater
    replace the rusted hulk that I rode this winter
    take the remains of my trusty steed to a non-profit
    they’ll cannibalize parts that remain useful
    add them to the pile from other rejects
    seven new bikes will rise from the ashes
    and seven new children will ride
    who otherwise would be sitting at home
    thank you.

  56. Comment by Skye | 04.27.2012 | 2:47 pm

    Shiny new (used) bike
    Waiting for some magic to take off
    these blasted eggbeaters
    Get off of my bike,
    I want to ride!
    Thank you muscley bike shop man
    My weekend is much improved.

    Thank you.

  57. Comment by Ex-YahooRob | 04.27.2012 | 3:24 pm

    Don’t be sad
    When work, you must
    For I’m just sitting here
    and my work skills have rust.
    Laid off 4 weeks ago
    and no time to ride
    interviews and job searches
    now take up my time.
    Still, a loop round Los Gatos
    I found time to do
    and the smile on my face
    could not be subdued!
    SCREW you Yahoo! :-)

    Thank you.

  58. Comment by Patrick | 04.27.2012 | 4:36 pm

    A wet winter as always
    For it is Oregon after all
    I need to train for the Monster
    Its creeping up quickly
    Oh wait, it will be here on Sunday
    And I only have 200 miles in so far this year
    Can I ride a metric century?
    Yes, the Monster is upon me and I hope to slay the beast
    With no training so far
    The Monster Cookie ride I will conquer on Sunday

    Thank you

  59. Comment by cyclurkette | 04.27.2012 | 5:25 pm

    the heart rate monitor I always wear
    as my bike teases me
    to push harder
    shows that my heart beats too fast at times
    not from excitement, or joy but
    from some sort of electrical disorder.
    the doctor I have just met
    thinks this can be fixed
    and I will have even more joy with my bike to come.


  60. Comment by lynn e | 04.27.2012 | 7:26 pm

    Riding on the trails today feeling boss
    When I encounter two pimped out roadbikers at the cross
    They allow me nary a glance
    Until upon my jersey they happen to chance
    Where did you get that they ask quite shrill
    We know him – we race him in Leadville
    It fills me with pride when I hear this
    For the jersey I wear is Fat Cyclist!
    Thank you.

  61. Comment by roadrash | 04.27.2012 | 8:36 pm

    I ride
    It’s what I do
    But not tomorrow
    Tomorrow I run
    I run for those who have fallen, and those who have got back up
    I run for the lost boys of Sudan

    Thank You

  62. Comment by Tom S. | 04.27.2012 | 9:30 pm

    You are
    always welcome
    Thank you!

  63. Comment by Scott Gilbert aka ScottyG1962 | 04.27.2012 | 9:41 pm

    About to give up
    and I got a response
    from a lady cyclist
    who I suspect can drop my ass.
    Beer, bikes and broads.
    Life looks up.

    Thank you.

  64. Comment by roan | 04.27.2012 | 10:37 pm

    Free verse Friday
    Tis the first
    So I’ll be terse
    The Hammer is Great
    And Fatty is wurst.

  65. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 04.27.2012 | 11:27 pm

    Broke my back last year.
    Nervous about biking again.
    Will it be okay?
    This is the question.
    Thank you.

  66. Comment by Mark | 04.28.2012 | 9:30 am

    I live to play, work to live
    My time to other people I give
    Life ain’t fun

    But when I ride, the wind I feel
    I push those pedals, renewed zeal
    I am one

    Thank You

  67. Comment by MattC | 04.28.2012 | 11:37 am

    Rats…missed “Free Verse Friday” (Stupid WORK).
    But I’m totally here for STUPID VERSE SATURDAY!

    Back from the UK just a week.
    Work was like skydiving…
    into an inferno.
    The rains of England
    have followed me home.
    It never rains in California.
    Stupid song.
    My bike(s)sit waiting.
    Maybe tomorrow.
    No, tomorrow for SURE.
    I will ride like the wind.
    Stupid wind.
    I hate the wind.
    Wind is born here.
    Laughs at me every ride.
    But I win with every ride.
    I cannot be stopped.
    Except by work.
    And Rain.
    And wind.
    I am weak.
    But my bikes are strong.
    And willing.
    Always ready.
    I strive to be worthy.
    I rarely succeed.
    Bikes don’t care.
    Bikes are life.

    Thank you.

  68. Comment by cece | 04.28.2012 | 2:40 pm

    I set a goal
    I must have been crazy…

    to cut 21 minutes off my previous
    time trial pace…oh my!

    With 2 weeks to go
    I am 1/2 way there

    If only I could loose that horrible hill
    and the fat butt baggage!

    My hips don’t want to climb uphill.

  69. Comment by CampyDog | 04.29.2012 | 4:23 am

    All weekend

  70. Comment by CampyDog | 04.29.2012 | 4:24 am

    I can’t type either
    Can’t ride
    Thank you.

  71. Comment by Marty | 04.29.2012 | 5:45 pm

    No Bike Snob this week
    Fatty gets lazy on us
    Thank you for nothing!

  72. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 04.29.2012 | 11:15 pm

    Fatty, a suggestion

    We all bring our Berets to Davis
    A poetry slam
    Fatty style
    I need to learn to snap
    my fingers

    thank you

    does anyone have a guitar?

  73. Comment by BonzoGal | 04.30.2012 | 12:03 pm

    davidh, a suggestion

    Berets in Davis
    Bike bells instead of snapping fingers
    Bongoes beat by cleats

    Team Daddy-o rides again

    Thank you

  74. Comment by KristenT | 04.30.2012 | 3:15 pm

    My bike
    (Which one?)
    stares at me resentfully
    The rally car
    gets all the attention

    Hey, bike(s), it’s
    just one weekend

    He only gets
    to go out a
    couple times
    every year.

    We’ll get back
    next week


    Thank you

  75. Comment by Fishsalsa | 04.30.2012 | 3:30 pm

    Friday. Seattle.
    Mist condensing on the road.
    Riding the trainer tonight.

    Thank you

  76. Comment by Andrew 11 | 04.30.2012 | 7:15 pm

    is gone
    ‘video games
    Complex and delicate
    mountain biking is easier
    Back to school
    Another sunday
    another ride
    thank you


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