wheels turn in rhythm
sounding crisp on hard-packed rocks
leaving town noises muted
while thundering water
rushes on ragged river stones

the falls
perilous if I lean to look
my balance precarious
on this new pink bike
bought in my seventieth year

the sun dapples leaf patterns
on my shoulders
a deer arches across the path
a dragon fly competes for best time
tree to tree
making me smile
a butterfly flits near my helmet
a crow calls a greeting:
‘my territory that you
are privileged to share’

~ Rose-Marie Lohnes

Rose-Marie Lohnes is the author of two educational publications for challenged students, a “Farm Kid” story in the anthology, Country Roads [Nimbus Publishing], wrote the column, “Be a Better Bookworm,” for the local weekly newspaper for two years, and has been writing poetry for family and friends since she was nine years old. Three of her pieces of prose are presently “under consideration” for publication. She is a member of Scribblers, a local writing group of published authors in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

Rose-Marie has worked in various locations as an educator; Nova Scotia, Québec [the South Shore of Montréal, Matagami] as well as in Barbados, St Lucia and Bolivia under the auspices of CUSO. Her writing is inspired by her life on a farm in the 40s and 50s, her interest in people from all walks of life, overcoming personal challenges, and her love of nature—particularly beaches and water. Rose-Marie has a variety of interests: reading, writing, playing the ukulele in a senior band, dabbling in paints, bicycling, camping, Scrabble, gardening, beach walking, snow shoeing, and knitting for charity.

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