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Racking my brain

I can no longer see Maroon Lake,

When I bike to the Bells as of late.

They say it is e-bikes,

Or Covid perhaps,

But my bike is not welcome to date.

At first they asked that I not ride,

But walk it instead through the site.

Later they insisted the rack I was missing,

Leaving my bike for the short hike.

Now what to my horror do I see,

There is no longer a bike rack for me.

They said take it below,

Where e-bikes and people flow.

You simply can’t see Maroon Lake.

I point to the clips on my shoes,

Saying walking in these gives me the blues.

Bring other shoes was the response.

Along with a heavy padlock.

My road bike is obviously old news.

On the bench we happily did sit,

With friends o’er the years we lament.

We watched all the selfies,

A moose now and then,

Now all that we have is regret.

Clifford Runge


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