Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 19 . . .

Kids on Bikes

     by Rick Mullin

          On a painting by David Park

Unreachable. Beyond the glancing moment

when titanium scrapes handlebars

and pinwheels fly against the white cement,

we hear the echoed call. We look for cars

and find the summer’s end, and summer’s race.

A scramble at the rail that bars abstraction

from a track of ochre clay. A face

and hands, a formal portrait in refraction

caught in an aside. A reverie.

One instant in the long burn of the sun

recalled to orchestrate the harmony

of twilight on an archetype of fun.

An image we regard as an ideal.

A flashpoint in the spinning of a wheel.


—art: David Park’s “Kids on Bikes.” 1950. Oil on canvas. The Regis Collection, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Rick Mullin is a journalist and painter whose poetry has appeared in several print and online journals including Measure, Unsplendid, Epiphany, Crannóg, and The Flea. His chapbook, Aquinas Flinched, is available from Exot Books. His book-length poem, Huncke, was published this year by Seven Towers, Dublin. He lives in northern New Jersey.


© 2010 Rick Mullin