"Wheelin’"

Written By

Glenda Barrett

As I rode out of the store

in my red handicapped scooter

I noticed a shiny, red motorcycle

parked alongside the sidewalk.

I couldn't help but compare the two.

They were the same shade of red,

handlebars, brakes and a basket.

About the same height, both vehicles

allowed access to summer breezes,

wildflowers on the side of the road,

sunsets, quick summer showers

and views of the mountain ridges.

The dress code was a bit different.

I didn't have leather jacket, pants

or a do-rag under my helmet.

Instead I wore casual shorts or pants

to allow for my leg brace.

We're not so different. Underneath

all of the trappings, our heart beats

with a similar rhythm, and we both

yearn to be free.

Glenda Barrett, a native of Hiawassee, Georgia, is an artist, poet and writer. Her work is widely published including Woman's World, Farm & Ranch Living, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Country Woman, Rural Heritage, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many others. Her art is online at Fine Art America, and her chapbook titled, "When the Sap Rises," was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press.