So quickly we release,
and lay broken in the road.
Shaft rusted and marked with the furrows of long use.
If carefully tightened according to instructions,
pressed with the palm until resistance is felt, just,
the release stays, the lever closes.
You spin it, spin it, spin it like a fan, though,
you spin it, spin it, spin it like a fan, though,
and the lever tightens not,
the fastener does not hold fast,
and snap! In the road it lies,
sunning for no one.
A snapped lever offers no advantage.
A loose nut holds no stretch.
Insufficient torque may yield the fastener.
Sun-blasted, you ride off in one direction,
your wheel rolls off in another,
and there's a moment of no-time before the burn.
The saddle drops, and you ride home like some cartoon character.
So quickly we release, the last time.