Biker

He’s raced this course for many years;
A hero figure to his peers,
The marshals, fans and scrutineers.
He revs up hard; the moment nears.

He leaps away; his front wheel rears.
His fans are giving shouts and cheers
That scarcely reach the rider’s ears.
His engine roars; that’s all he hears.

The group of bikes he’s chasing veers
To race downhill; a gap appears.
A corner looms; he drops through gears.
His kneepad scrapes; he has no fears.

His line is wrong! He perseveres.
He compensates; he oversteers.
He loses it! His bike careers…
…A family is left in tears.