Holly Was the One This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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No one ever taught me
How to ride a bike.
There wasn’t enough room at my house
Not enough time to learn
I was old enough to teach myself.
Excuses, excuses.
But Holly was the one who let me borrow
Her mud-stained purple bike,
Complete with mini-license plate stating “Holly”
On the back
To prove her ownership.
Holly was the one who led me down the great
concrete hill
By her house
And gave me brief directions on how to pick up speed.
And Holly was the one who watched me
Climb on the bike
Start pedaling
Faster
And
Faster
Until I couldn’t control the great amount of speed
I had accumulated.
I started to fly, and rode the wind on this
Borrowed
Mud-stained
Purple bike.
And I closed my eyes
Took my hands off the handlebars
And let myself soar.
Off into the clear, bright, blue sky
And up toward the brilliant, warm sun.

Holly was also the one
Who scraped me up
Off the curb,
Pulled her borrowed, mud-stained, purple bike
Off my
Mangled,
Bruised,
Crash-landed body
And helped me stand on my own two feet.
Holly was the one
Who took my hand,
And helped me walk back
Her mud-stained
Borrowed
Now scratched
Purple bike
Back up the great concrete hill.
Holly was the one who taught me how to ride a bike.
But I will be forever thankful to Holly
Because Holly was the one
Who taught me how to ride
But Holly was also the one
Who taught me how to fall.

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mightierthanthesword said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Well constructed poem! Beautifully written! Such a touching story. Keep writing!
 
lightning13 said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Thats such a good example of a great friend. its sweet :)

not to mentionit was written with alot of talent.

 
ShelbyMarie93 said...
Jan. 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Aww. I love this! It's so well written and SO cute. :)

I'd love it if someone with your talent would check out my work... :D

 
Nicole_Bby said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Wow, I love hat you have real skills I wish I wrote some thing like that,.

 

 
emo_nerd951 said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm
This is a really good poem! Great job!
 
babybunny94 said...
Nov. 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm
you did a really good job... you can really see holly and her bike in your head playing this peice of time like a movie
 
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm
this is a really good poem. it's kind of long, but you put in alot of description.
 
Tears2Roses said...
Aug. 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm
O mY Gosh that was so amazing!! It made me smile. Everyone needs a Holly!
 
Midknightrider said...
Jul. 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Awsome
 
jordann_lil_guh said...
Jul. 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm
I looooove the end because it has like a double-meaning, like a pun. Are you saying you fell for Holly or that you fell off the bike?
Brilliant.
 
Wildheart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm
OMG that was one of the best things ive ever read. i so wish i had an experiance like that. holly really sounds amazing, i hope you have more memories like this. its awesome
 
Grace B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 18, 2009 at 1:01 am
i luv this...is holly real? this is amazing!
 
aussie65 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 13, 2009 at 2:25 am
i loved how you worked the...metaphor? in the beginning i didnt like it because the first stanza was unrealistic to bike riding, until i realized that was purposeful. i didnt learn to ride a bike until i was 9, see. and it wasnt easy for me.
 
despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 9, 2009 at 3:13 am
I love it! It is really beautiful! I'd love it you'd check out some of my work and lemme know what you think. Thanks so much! Again, i love your poem, it is truly awesomwe!
 
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm
That was really good, especially the last four lines. I'm glad you got it published.
 
lalalalexii :) said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 12:17 am
that was soo...touching and i loved it
 
Kathryn F. said...
Jun. 20, 2009 at 12:00 am
I love ths poem. It shows true friendship!
 
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 19, 2009 at 10:45 pm
Awwww. This is so beautiful. Holly seems like an amazing person. Great job!

!!If you have time, will you please check out my work. Comment and rate if you wish!
 
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