For October's Poem of the Month, I have chosen the poem  Used Cycles by Alistair Graham.  It is taken from his new collection War and Want.

Bicycles by Anna Cervova


Left alone, chained to the cold iron
The masters are gone in pursuit of their individual aims

To purchase a coat for the winter, to browse the best-sellers
or indulge the tray-bakes at the corner café

The bicycles have performed their only role by carrying
their masters efficiently to their intent

They wait patiently until again they suffer upon their frames
the pressure which signals another journey and lonely wait

Copyright © Alistair Graham 2011

               War and Want by Alistair Graham.