I wrote this poem a couple years ago during a train trip from Albany, NY, to Rochester, NY. (The poem is in my book, Unexpected Sunlight.) I shot the video yesterday while traveling by train from New York City to Albany. As always, I like to acknowledge my debt to Dave Bonta for inspiring me to try my hand at video poems.
Another video poem inspired by the work of Dave Bonta.
Inspired by Dave Bonta’s one-minute video poem, here’s my first-ever attempt at mixing video and poetry.
Here’s the text of the poem:
I ride my bicycle in a sideways world
keeping my balance while the cars pass overhead
and the cars path beneath
I wear a helmet in case I should fall
though I don’t know in which direction
gravity would take me
I am the only inhabitant of this sideways world
everyone else appears to be walking
at a right angle to me
we don’t make eye contact
I asked you once to go for a ride with me
you tried, but you couldn’t balance
and so I ride by myself in this sideways world
looking for a sideways companion to join me