Icelandic Bicycle [15 Words or Less]

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Bicycle in Iceland
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Iceland got a huge snowfall just before we arrived, so we saw lots of things buried in snow. Mostly cars. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. a flood
  2. riding bikes in winter–that wind!
  3. a bicycle on snow shoes

And here’s my first draft.

biking in winter


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)







38 Responses

  1. Buried deep
    Encased in darkness
    Fossilized for the future
    T‑Rex? ‑no,

    1. I’m with Cindyb!! Around here, though, there are probably some buried away.….at least it is all melted now. Nice poem, Amelia.Praying for no more snow.

  2. Laura, your verse is perfect. Love it. I saw birds in this picture; the seat became a toucan and there are two pelicans waddling out of a small cave in back of the front wheel. I’m going with a memory of a nephew trying to impress a young lady with his prowess..

    Every Boy’s Fantasy

    That bike can’t move
    that’s just grand
    time for me to premier
    my perfect handstand!

    1. Hahaha–love this. And that you saw a toucan–yes! You have a fun way of looking at pics, Martha.

  3. This picture brought back memories. As a child up north, this seemed normal. Not so in the south.

    Pedaling through snow
    for swim practice.
    At least the pool
    is indoors.

    1. And maybe you could imagine you were someplace warm- until practice was over…

    2. I grew up on Long Island where the weather is definitely milder than here where I have lived upstate and now in the snowbelt of NY. Brrr.….it’s walking that is tough around these parts almost all winter long. LONGING for spring and I think it is almost here. I visit family on Long Island and near Princeton, NJ. I saw flowers, yellow bits on my mother’s forsythia and crocuses in pinks and purple. A sight for snow-deprived eyes, though I do like the snow much of the time. You have to get used to it or move.…

    3. Oi. I never see bike riders in the suburbs in the winter. Except the occasional person who appears to be biking to work out of necessity and not enjoying it. I always feel bad for them. Love this image of you biking through snow–hope the pool was heated!

  4. Blank Page Blues in White

    is frozen.
    is cold.
    on freeze.
    is sold.
    Write anyway,

    Missed too many weeks…good excuses but not good enough. Plan is to go back and write for myself and post, no comments expected. Miss this when I can’t do it: sub calls in early morning, traveling and can’t compose in car with chatty hubby etc.

      1. Thanks, Laura. This one came out like a breeze!!! I love when poems write themselves and then we can play. I also had fun with my title at the end. I can see this on the picture like you are doing.
        Or some similar type picture. Great to be here as always.

        1. I played with mine a bit more. Felt it could not stand alone, but would look good on your photo perhaps. Here’s my newer version:

          Blank Page Blues, in White

          Is frozen.
          Is cold
          on freeze
          been sold.
          Write anyway,

  5. Ha! I liked your poem, Laura.

    I thought the snow looked like water, and thus:


    I’m biking!
    I’m boating!
    I’m pedaling, floating.
    I wish the weather
    would get it together.

    1. Since we had temps in 70s on Saturday and then snow on Monday, I think lots of Minnesotans were thinking your last 2 lines!

    1. Welcome, Leslie–great to see a new face/writer:>) Love that image of your first line. Brrr!

  6. I love that the snow in your photo looks like whipped cream! If I was not married to a bicycle nut, I would have written about that (maybe later…)

    Bicycle Man

    He rides in sun, fog, and snow
    my cycle-obsessed, pedaling beau.

  7. poem by Jessica Bigi

    Funny Weather

    I’ve heard of
    but never of
    bike sickles
    does this mean
    no school

  8. Such clever poems today. I can’t compete. But then, this isn’t supposed to be about competition, is it? So I’ll toss this one in anyway. Love the photo, Laura. And all the poems.

    Kids’ Sculpting Clay

    Snow can make a tidal wave,
    a mountain, or a bright white cave.

    1. Yvonne, I felt so sad at your second sentence, so I was thrilled to read the rest of your comment. It’s hard sharing publicly when we don’t think our poems measure up, and I have those days, too! So glad you participated anyway! And I really like what you captured here, the connection between snow and imagination. Lovely!

    2. I think your poem is terrific, Yvonne. The title, “kids’ sculpting clay”…how perfect! And so much kids can do with it and in it. Love.

  9. Driving through several states on spring break keeps me from tip-top writing shape. Kids are waiting to go to the POOL! I can squeak out a desperate word play at the end of the day.

    If wishes
    were horses
    we’d all ride.
    snow covered wheels
    surely make
    us cry.

    1. Hehe–good for you for making (not finding, but choosing to make) the time to write a quick poem! Love the allusion to the old cumulative tale/poem. Have a great trip!

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