the pedals spun with a sound like crickets
and crickets sung like ball to wickets
above, ball-bats circled like vultures
and distant vultures made of men sculptures
these two humans spun their wheels quicker
and as speed reigned their consciences snickered
at the sun sinking low while all flew high
when no one could guess that the end was nigh
the end of what was what the girl did know
but the oblivious man did not slow
they pedalled along as the sun sang through their hair
and trees glistened on the road to nowhere.
About Svetlana Sterlin
After years of relocation, Svetlana Sterlin was raised by her Russian parents in Brisbane, Australia, where she completed a BFA and contributes to Our Culture Magazine and ScreenRant. Her work appears in several publications, including Entropy Magazine, Santa Fe Writers Project, and AndAlso Books’ anthology, ‘Within/Without These Walls’, published in association with the 2018 Brisbane Open House.