When you learned to ride a bicycle, did you
read up on the subject, and interview
old bicyclists in your neighborhood, or troop
across the country in search of the one
most learned and wise in the art,
hoping to gain an audience
in order to ask your burning questions
about balance and breaking?
Did you pour over the manuals of
bicycle repair, and memorize the
steps in the evolution of design and construction?
Did you take a course or two in Bicycle Theory?
Master the mathematics, the formulas, the equations and calculations
involved with propulsion and cornering?
Did you attend lectures? Take notes? Watch films?
Learn the names of those associated with the invention
and development of the wheeled machine
through velocipedes and Boneshakers,
Safetys, Fowlers, and Victor Spring Forks?
Or, did someone just put you on the seat
and push you off, saying something
on the order of:
“You may fall a few times, and
crash into a telephone pole or two,
but when you get it,
you’ll always have it”?
And, did something similar happen with
roller skating, and swimming, and rope jumping
and cart wheeling, and ball catching, and hop-scotching?
What’s with Bible study, and Guru worship, and
all the classes on Meditation and Enlightenment?