To gather momentum:
this seems monumental.
Push my leg, muscle, hinge, socket
propel the bike, pedal, chain, sprocket
forward; mind becomes motion.
Smoothly we brush past fragments of air
suspended above tyre and road, where
a queue of cars holds my attention.
I hold my balance, in tension
until the changing light.
This time my thoughts might
Pedal away a second, then
shift toward direction
as the green signals momentum.


Shar Mathias lives in Ōtepoti | Dunedin and loves being in the outside world. When she’s not studying ecology she enjoys swimming in the ocean, running and cycling through forest, and being in the mountains, all of which inspire her writing. Her writing can be found on her blog and Shar can be found reading in a patch of sunlight.