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Your first bike was plastic. You rode in a biker gang of big wheels. Your tires’ roar sent blackbirds chattering, lifting, and settling elsewhere. You were cruising, head thrown back, legs pumping, buckeyes rolling all the way to the block party and back, all afternoon. You took the driveway, the sidewalk, the neighborhood by three fat tires, by wheel, by force. You were girls, ponytails bouncing, scuffed knees, leaves and twigs kicking up behind you on the road, everything moving out of your way. We gave you what you wanted. You spoke the words we understood. You rode us hard.

L A U R A   M A D E L I N E   W I S E M A N

Laura Madeline Wiseman’s recent books are An Apparently Impossible Adventure (BlazeVOX Books), Wake (Aldrich Press), and Leaves of Absence (Red Dashboard). She teaches in Nebraska. Her collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles) with artist Sally Brown Deskins, is an Honor Book for the 2015 Nebraska Book Award. Her essay on long distance cycling "Seven Cities of Good" is an honorable mention for the Pacific Literary Review's 2015 Creative Nonfiction Award.