Thank you to everyone who submitted poems for our Lion Bellworks giveaway contest. We had three final entries, which I will list first, and then I will annouce the winner. There can be only one bell winner, however I will send BikeHack.com sticker packs to a few entrants as well.
I will start with the last three entries that came in.
Bradford - Brooklyn, New York
Richard, the Lion of Heart
As monarch knew right from the start,
That the bells of kings
Must have lingering rings
Cast in brass, to set them apart.
Paul in San Antonio
Alert on the prowl, ever ready to growl
To avoid a tumble as I migrate the urban jungle
The lion stirred:
Roar—out of my way
Purr—thanks, good day
Darn dogs, those on foot
Strike my bell, not hoot or toot
Hear this brassy lion sing
Those without care, the unaware
Soon will hear me on these streets,
For I am the king of the beasts
Felix - Cartagena
With Apologies to Mr. Poe
Once upon a bike ride dreary, while I pedaled weak and weary
Behind some cyclists, intent on passing
As I plodded, came bells a tapping
Pace line veering past my side, Lion bells tinkling as they glide
The tintinnabulation that so musically wells,
From their bells, their Lion bells.
Only this, and nothing more.
And now for the winner.
Rod - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
A Lion Bellworks Chant
(or, “For Whom the Lion’s bell tolls - it tolls for me”)
Like the snowbell’s proverbial chance
I wouldn’t give the slightest glance
To an imitation bike bell
If the Lion’s offering were to fell
Onto my grateful cycling self
As I search through the dusty top shelf
To find the most convincing words
I hear myself cycling tunes so absurd
As to conjure both the sound and smell
Of a new Lion Bellworks bell
It is the shiny ringing chant
That leads me on this rant
About a sound I find so pleasing
And the cycling image just as teasing
Should my entry find success
And so I pray that you will bless
Me with a cycling e-mail message
Considering my advancing age
Your words will not be a knell
If a new Lion Bellworks bell
Ding-a-lings at my door
Chiming my winning score
What else is there to say
But leave the ringing where it lay
Kindly send me the cycling brass bell!