The Bike Not Purchased

with apologies to Robert Frost (plagiarized from his poem ‘The Road Not Taken’):

Two rides displayed on the showroom floor,

Without sufficient funds for both-

And being one buyer, long I stood;

Looking at price, best features – I should…?

Near closing time, make a choice – I would.

—–

Then took the cheapest, just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim-

Though less snazy, it wanted wear;

A little less power, chrome and pride

It kept from scorn towards me, my bride.

—–

Yet, both rides that morning on display

No tire yet taken on asphalt black.

Oh, I kept the other for another day!

When price and paycheck lead the way,

Never doubting that often I’d be back.

—–

I tell this tale of buying past

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two rides displayed on the showroom floor, and I-

I took the one less glamourized,

And that has kept the spouse less energized.

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