Some days I want to . . .

. . . put on roller skates and
careen down the esplanade
along the Charles River.
Grinning, looking straight ahead.
Faster, faster, and faster still.
Wind blowing back my hair,
tearing my eyes
until the real world blurs
and I am flying
with wheels as my wings.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the vitual pub for poets around the globe. I’m hosting today, asking folks to use the word “careen” within their poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.

The esplanade is a wonderful green space in Boston that in part, runs along the Charles River. It has a very long walking/bicycling/rollerskating path along the river itself and is only about 2 city blocks from where we live. It goes for miles and we often take walks there. For those of you who watch the Boston Pops 4th of July concert on television, the hatch where they perform is on the esplanade itself, just off the river. Photo from Pixabay.com

60 thoughts on “Some days I want to . . .

    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 3:23 pm

      Me too! Ah when we were young and just ran with the wind, so free! πŸ™‚ Little did we know about much of anything. And that blessed ignorance lasted quite a bit longer than it does for today’s children.

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  1. Grace November 1, 2021 / 3:09 pm

    Love the fast energy until the real world blurs! Have a fun time and have a go at it.

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 3:23 pm

      Oh how I would love to. I still remember my clamp on skates with the key to tighten them! πŸ™‚ I used to love to roller skate!

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  2. petrujviljoen November 1, 2021 / 3:40 pm

    The way skateboarders work with gravity is astounding! One wants to join for sure.

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:07 pm

      Don’t think I’d ever try a skate board….but if we’d had them when I was young, I’m sure I would have much to my mother’s chagrin. She had a fit when my father bought me a pogo stick! πŸ™‚

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  3. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg) November 1, 2021 / 3:45 pm

    This sounds like so much fun… I still hope for good ice this winter so we may skate like that on ice… my flying all the way to down-town Stockhoim

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:09 pm

      Bjorn…..you must send me a video of you ice skating some day! Are you familiar with the Flicka Ricka and Dicka childrens’ books? I loved them when I was young and I distinctly recall an illustration of them ice skating on a pond with their neck scarves flying out behind them showing how fast they were going! πŸ™‚

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  4. Glenn A. Buttkus November 1, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    I had weak ankles, so skates were not for me. My first bicycle at nine years old made me feel that way, careening down hills, flying on wheels.

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:11 pm

      Hah….my first bike was my only bike as my folks had very little money. So in first grade, I had a 26″ bicycle that I had to learn standing up, pumping because there was not way I could reach the pedals if I was sitting. I did it though. Perhaps that’s why I preferred my clamp on roller skates and my pogo stick!

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    • ben Alexander November 1, 2021 / 4:58 pm

      yeah – I’m with Glenn on bikes over skates!

      but I love the poem (and can imagine it with me on a bike!)

      ❀
      David

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  5. Gillena Cox November 1, 2021 / 4:05 pm

    Nice imagery for the speed. Luv it.
    Thanks for droppibg by to read mine

    MuchπŸ’›love

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:13 pm

      Always happy to drop by to read your posts, Gillena. Warning though…we leave on Wednesday for about 20 days on board a Celebrity cruise ship through the Caribbean. We don’t plan to get off the ship at all for any excursions….just looking forward to being at sea, eating in the dining rooms, enjoying some of their entertainment and sitting on the decks in 80 degree weather….but it does mean I will be unable to read and comment on folks’ posts. I may post a poem once or twice….but very poor internet on the ship. So I shall miss you for a bit….but I’ll be back!

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  6. Linda Lee Lyberg November 1, 2021 / 4:11 pm

    Love the energy in your words Lillian! I remember roller skating as a child and how free it felt.

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:46 pm

      I loved roller skating as a child. One of my favorite things to do. And in my day (gosh those sound like the words of an old fuddy duddy!), I strapped on clamp-ons, tightened them with my oh so valuable skate key, and then skated round the neighborhood on the sidewalks….bumpy sometimes….going as fast as I could…blocks and blocks. So different from skating in a rink or having shoe skates! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:47 pm

      Hah! Thank you Ron. It took quite a while to find an image….and then I had to crop it. So I’m very glad you noticed πŸ™‚

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:47 pm

      It truly is a beautiful place to walk in all seasons πŸ™‚

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  7. sanaarizvi November 1, 2021 / 4:43 pm

    I absolutely love, love this, Lillian πŸ˜€ Yes, let us “careen down the esplanade,” together! You create such a wonderfully vivid scene here. πŸ’πŸ’

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 4:48 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sanaa! I shall miss you while we’re gone…and so sad I can not be at the LIVE event when you host. I shall try and text you a few photos of us on the ship πŸ™‚

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  8. merrildsmith November 1, 2021 / 4:58 pm

    Such movement and freedom in your words, Lillian.
    There are people who skate along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, and more who bike, but I’ll stick to walking.

    I only roller skated (not well) in a rink. πŸ˜€

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 10:17 pm

      We just enjoy walking now too. Have to know when to give up some things and just enjoy their memories. Walking allows us to “see” more than being on a bicycle. My rollerskating days were in my youth with clamp-on skates, tightening them with a rollerskate key πŸ™‚

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  9. calmkate November 1, 2021 / 5:26 pm

    lol it’s a great thrill Lillian you really should try it! I used to careen down a super steep hill when I lived up north on my bicycle. I’d have to wait for a traffic break as no breaks could have stopped me … the locals used to become my cheer squad watching the joy on my face at the out of control speed πŸ™‚

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 10:15 pm

      Up until about four years ago we always rented bicycles for our annual two weeks in our beloved Provincetown. How I LOVED to just sail on the downhills. Sadly, our balance is a bit precarious now and we wisely gave it up….it was the riding in the traffic and swerving in and out that you had to do that was starting to get to us. Guess you have to know when there’s an accident “waiting to happen” and call it quits and just enjoy the memories. πŸ™‚

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      • calmkate November 2, 2021 / 12:52 am

        wise choice, I pray I never lose my balance as my cycle is a passion πŸ™‚

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  10. Xan November 1, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    I used to be a figure skater, and oh yes, I remember that feeling. There’s nothing in the world like it.

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 10:13 pm

      Oooooh….sometime you should write a poem for a prompt about your ice skating and add a photo of you in the post. Would LOVE to see that!

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  11. Tricia Sankey November 1, 2021 / 5:51 pm

    My dad you just turned 70 took up roller skating after my niece got involved in skating tournaments. Now, she’s grown tired of it but he still keeps going to tournaments to compete with his age group! I love the energy in your verses and how it brings that blur of scenery to mind!

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 10:13 pm

      So glad you enjoyed my post! I didn’t even know there were roller skating tournaments with age groupings! Good for your dad!!

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  12. Ron. November 1, 2021 / 6:50 pm

    Couldn’t recll my skater days until I read this. Ahhhh..those were the days. Thanks!

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 10:12 pm

      I so enjoyed skating all over our neighborhood on the sidewalks….and when it was a bit downhill…oh, heaven!

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  13. kaykuala November 1, 2021 / 7:27 pm

    A blurring image gives the right impression of the longings to fly fast down the lane. A wonderful poem. Thanks for hosting Lillian!

    Hank

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    • lillian November 1, 2021 / 10:11 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post and the prompt! Fly fast and free —- well, I’m not sure how fast my clamp on skates really went when I was a young kid….but it sure did feel like I was flying!

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  14. dhak November 1, 2021 / 9:44 pm

    Lillian,
    Can I join you? But on the other hand, it can’t feel half as good as what you’re imagining here! Woohooooo!
    pax,
    dora

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  15. Carol Congalton November 1, 2021 / 11:05 pm

    Some days I just want to do that too!

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    • lillian November 2, 2021 / 10:04 am

      If I were twenty years younger, I’d do just that! πŸ™‚

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  16. robtkistner November 2, 2021 / 5:02 am

    Nice work poet! Please come and visit me, share your likes and your truth! Would love to have you!

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  17. Jane Dougherty November 2, 2021 / 7:54 am

    Something I never want to do, ever, but I like the idea of just doing something aimless.

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    • lillian November 2, 2021 / 10:06 am

      Oh yes….doing something aimless can be freeing indeed! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian November 2, 2021 / 10:07 am

      In my seventh decade, I can not longer rollerskate either….but I sure did enjoy this feeling of freedom when I did it when I was young! πŸ™‚

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  18. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing November 2, 2021 / 8:05 am

    You have captured the feeling of being young and carefree. Those were the days when we had nothing to do but live life to the fullest. If we tried that today we’d probably break a hip! I loved your beautiful quadrille Lillian β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•

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    • lillian November 2, 2021 / 10:08 am

      Hah! You brought me a chuckle when I read “If we tried that today we’d probably break a hip!” SO TRUE! But oh how I loved to write the words and imagine it so. πŸ™‚

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  19. Beverly Crawford November 2, 2021 / 10:50 am

    My flying wheels were on my bicycle, and I loved every careening minute of it!

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    • lillian November 2, 2021 / 2:21 pm

      Your response made me smile! πŸ™‚

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  20. Helen Dehner November 2, 2021 / 2:01 pm

    Somedays … somedays … I want more than I need. What you need goes way beyond precious and quite perfect. Thank you for a great challenge.

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    • lillian November 2, 2021 / 2:22 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the prompt, Helen!

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  21. whimsygizmo November 2, 2021 / 2:54 pm

    Wheels as wings! YES! Love this, Lillian! Thanks for the fun prompt word!

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  22. Kathryn LeRoy November 2, 2021 / 6:06 pm

    There is a hill in my neighborhood (keep in mind I live 100 miles inland from the coastal plain, so hill is relative) that brings that sense of energy as I careen down the hill on my bike. I hung up my rollerskates since the asphalt was too rough. I could feel the wind in your words.

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  23. writingwhatnots November 3, 2021 / 4:09 am

    Wonderful feeling of release with all that movement – it sounds like a great space.

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  24. Suzanne- Happily Decluttered November 6, 2021 / 6:16 am

    I love this! Your words make it possible to experience this fun adventure in my mind! I enjoy getting that same feeling when I ride my bike.

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