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    My poem is dedicated to you, the courageous souls, who brave Winter's dangers and exciting challenges. Though written a few years back, you may find a picture of yourself today within these humble lines of verse.

    Ode to Freezing Saddles

    Deep inside a winter’s night
    An alarm clock screams with all its might
    The sun’s not up and the wind is howling
    Like a grizzly’s roar or a tiger growling

    You want to roll over and stay in bed
    But a voice says, “Go!” inside your head
    Snow is falling and the window rattles
    Yes, another day of Freezing Saddles!

    You slowly pull the curtain aside
    It may be freezing, but it’s time to ride
    Outside is many a wintry mile
    Across your face spreads a thin wry smile

    On with the base layers; on with the Gortex;
    Gloves and booties for the Polar Vortex
    Blinkies are lit and the headlight’s aglow
    It’s time to head out in to the snow!

    Black ice or powder, it matters not
    Because you’ll give it all you’ve got
    Knobbies or studs on front and back
    On wooden bridges you find your track

    So you take to the streets and leave the trail
    But here it’s just another tale.
    Speeding cars all in a rush
    Are splashing salt and slinging slush!

    Just when you think you’re going berserk
    You finally make it into work
    Coworkers cast a jaundiced eye
    As their kitted office mate walks by

    Backed up work’s on your desk in piles
    ‘Cause at lunch you rode those extra miles
    Turn off the computer; lay down the pen
    ‘Cause now it’s time to head out again.

    It’s still as cold as a witch’s ……nose
    Soon you’ll have those frozen toes
    The winter sun is a low red arc
    And now you’re riding in the dark

    “Why do you do it?” friends want to know
    It’s cold, it’s dark; and there’s so much snow!
    “Why don’t you drive or take a bus?”
    “Why aren’t you like the rest of us?”

    Sometimes you ask yourself the same
    Who is it here that is to blame?
    Is it the challenge; or the thrill of a quest?
    Or teammates for whom you do your best?

    What is the answer? You search your heart,
    What is it exactly that sets you apart?
    Words can’t do justice; why even try?
    How will others ever understand why?

    It’s making the first tracks on new fallen snow
    It’s the thrill of going where few choose to go
    It’s excitement and danger that fills a need
    It’s your beating heart when you pick up speed

    It’s the rhythm of your pedals, thighs and knees
    It’s the full day ride and the lunchtime sleaze
    It’s the joy in your lungs of cold crisp air
    It’s the awesome silence that feels like a prayer

    It’s the beauty of the sunlit snow
    It’s the thrilling challenge that makes you go
    It’s a pledge that goes on and on for weeks
    It’s the permanent glow upon your cheeks

    It’s beating your best on every ride
    It’s the roaring fire that burns inside
    It’s the frozen night where bright stars soar
    How can you tell them all this and more?

    Now, everyone’s leaning forward to hear
    Why do you do this every year?
    So you tell them the answer from deep inside,
    Saying simply, “I’m a rider and I like to ride.”

    So, when winter serves up its icy dish
    And warm fingers and toes are but a wish
    You forget the pain and open your eyes
    All around you is the ultimate prize!

    Dave Pomeroy
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    Last edited by Fast Friendly Guy; 01-21-2022 at 04:01 AM.

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    Excellent work!

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    Default An Ode to Freezing Saddles

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