4WHLSGD, mixed media, 2012, cyclist about 4” high

(4WHLSGD is a personalized license plate from Animal Farm without EE OO.)

The screw unwinds, ratchets the pendulum.

The pulley turns, tightens the trigger string.

Ride on the right of the white line

Where you’re safe till the time is up.

An escapement from the cycle of fate,

Pedal faster away from people you hate.

But all your pride will fall aside

When you’re hit by the escalade.