Gustave Flaubert and the Broken Bicycle


Little metal bird, flown against the window of a hole in the ground, what made you
think anyone could know you well enough to feather your cold metal wings? The sun has
gone under a cloud and the deceiver run home crying to a merely human god. But where
is your nest? What hopeless yearning carries you beyond the understanding of your kind
and leaves you here in this painful silence waiting as if for the brushstroke that believes
in its painter, the signature that sets the timeless simplicity of a bicycle’s misadventures
into its classical frame? And who is that man who is smiling, then laughing, as he walks
past you on the broken road?

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.