local_library Bike Room

by Hilary Sideris

Published in Issue No. 279 ~ August, 2020

I curse the unknown owner

of the vintage Schwinn

with no kickstand I find, every

time, leaning on my Giant

Rincon in the corner of poison

pellets. Under one pedal

a mouse baby decomposes,

so small it has no smell. 


I roll my mountain trail

tires past the wagon, tandem,

trike, the sturdy brown Raleigh

three-speed of our super Esad

who just had his fourth child.

His wife wears a hijab

and says hi back when I

in my black mask say hi.

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Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).