Following the tragic deaths of many people who chose to ride a bicycle in November 2013 – especially in London – and not forgetting the many people who were walking that also were killed, a poem of remembrance by Ellen Saffrey (reprinted with permission):
If it should happen to me
Ride to the place and scream.
Howl with the rage that I cannot,
shriek the laughter that’s been stopped,
cry out my ecstasies, no longer shared,
squall for the children that I won’t bear,
squeal the very efforts of my birth,
to make them hear what I was worth.
But don’t keep silence, don’t be quick.
Stay. Be in the way, and scream.
Scream into the space that’s left.
— Ellen Saffrey