One turn of the pedals and suddenly you're out of the blue, out of the black.
Moving along, keeping balanced, pushing forward, breathing, ploughing through the air, feeling the heat of the sun on your skin, trying to follow a straight line. Humouring the road. Becoming one with your bike. Try to stop for a moment, just one moment, standing straight up on the pedals, just enough time to taste infinity and beauty. Light. It’s just a moment. The illusion of freezing time and movement.
Moving to stay upright. Bending your knees. Pushing the pedals. Another turn of the chain.
A jolt, a flight beyond light.
One turn of the pedals and suddenly you're out of the blue and into the black.
It's better to burn out than to fade away.
Once you're gone you can never come back.
(A bike can never die).
Inspired and loosely adapted from Neil Young’s song “Hey hey my my”, photo by Paolo Penni Martelli (Eroica Gaiole, 2017).
Tuesday, 20 February 2018