Abandoned Tyre

by Antonio Gil April. 03, 2013 4492 views

The Illegal Tyre
From George Ricardo Watts - HMP Lowdham Grange

I’m a bit like an illegal tyre
I’ve still got some tread left
But I’m under the legal limit
Not bald, but getting there
And if I don’t slow down soon
The canvas will start to show
Years ago
When I was fresh from the factory
I was full of bounce
I had deep, grooved, zigzag tread
And huge radial grip
I lived in the fast lane
And could handle any surface
Mud, motorway, mountain hairpin
And any conditions
Rain, ice, sleet, snow
But the miles of constant running
Speeding and cornering too fast
Have stripped the rubber from me
Worn me down
So have all the wheel spins
Hand brake turns, and emergency stops
Now I don’t go too fast
A: because I don’t want to attract
Police attention, and
B: I don’t feel too safe anymore
Also I’ve found I go flat easily
(Too many punctures)
And an unsightly bulge appears
If I don’t watch myself
I might need a new valve soon…


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Nynke 7 years, 12 months ago

Love the second photo,,, kind of sad and lonely, and goes very well with the words.

7 years, 12 months ago Edited
Roxanne 8 years ago

what perfect images for the text. the poem is a metaphor for life and growing old. i just love it. i am going to print it out for my father. he is a 70 year old old race car driver and will relate to this quite well.

i love the 2nd photo. the placement of the tire in the corner with all the spacious water around it.

8 years ago Edited
Stormfish 8 years ago

i'm betting the one i punched and lost in the death valley will end up like these. all is good on planet earth! :-)

8 years ago Edited
Sara G 8 years ago

interesting and unusual..just like you.

8 years ago Edited
Gonia 8 years ago

I prefer 2nd one.

8 years ago Edited
Josy 8 years ago

La première photo est presque une abstraction qui va bien avec les mots !

8 years ago Edited
G B 8 years ago

I like the use of selective colouring in the second shot..well done!

8 years ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 8 years ago

...Dejected Sidon (bad Biblical joke).

8 years ago Edited
Christa 8 years ago

Boa!! Gosto da dois! Embora tem um ar desolado, um pneu abandonado algures, é melhor assim do que vê-lo arder à volta do pescoço de alguém... uiii

8 years ago Edited

Poor car that lost it ..Not easy drive on three !

I like this :)) Great post

8 years ago Edited
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