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I'm floating

towards the sidewalk

at 30 kilometres per hour

the front wheel

glides over the gutter

the rear wheel

likewise

except

the-back-of-the-bike-is-not-high-enough-in-the-air-to-
compensate-for-the-fact-that-I-am-travelling-down-
a-steep-hill-I-have-misjudged-the-angle-and-
the-tyre-on-the-back-wheel-just-nudges-
the-edge-of-the-curb-and

the-sideways-force-of-my-movement

twists-the-back-wheel-and-the-whole-bike-
tips-and-I'm-rotating-to-my-left-at-30-
kilometres-per-hour-toward-a-new-
paling-fence-the-wood-is-freshly-
sawn-the-shiny-heads-of-the-
nails-twinkle-in-the-
sunshine

at-exactly-the-same-moment-
my-left-shoulder-
and-my-helmet

impact

the fence

I'm-on-such-an-angle-that-I-slide-along-the-fence-
bumpity-bump-like-a-potato-being-
dragged-hard-over-
piano-keys-
and-while-this-
continues

my-left-leg-hits-the-bitumen-tears-through-my-leggings-
scrapes-the-skin-off-a-large-section-of-my-left-leg-
below-my-knee-which-is-now-grinding-
along-the-sidewalk-as-my-left-elbow-
hovers-closer-to-the-pavement-
and-as-all-this-happens-
I-slowly-slide-
to-a

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