Years of skinny failures bring my body
to this last run up the flagpole. I will
not be denied. In the army we called
Tylenol ranger candy. Now I call it
morning, noon and night. Whatever it
takes to make the biceps and triceps curl.
The orthopedic surgeon says ease up:
“Motion is lotion, but you’re not 50 anymore.”
Still, I have earned the pleasure
of hearing one young bully tell another,
“Come on. Don’t fuck with him.”
Someone like that ought to stick to Twitter.
Push, pull. You never know at this age
if the Syntha-6 will make its way
to my arms or my arteries.
My wife says she hardly knows me
these days. That’s the point, isn’t it?
I say not to worry. This is just another
obsession like numismatics or prosody.
My daughter, the cross trainer, tells me
about micro tears and how they make
the muscle tissue grow. And don’t
forget stretching. She means well.
Everyone means well. Even me.