24-Hour Fitness

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Ellipticals,
treadmills, exercise bikes,
pick my way
through a forest
of equipment
gauge how close
or far I wish to be
from monitors
displaying
talk shows, cooking programs,
sports, news, no intelligence,
mute turned on,
stake out a machine
near the Barefoot Contessa
spray disinfectant
on a brown paper towel
wipe the machine
from its last occupant
climb on,
set resistance, sweat,
mirrors
multiply people,
a fitness army
sweat bands on,
ear buds in,
water bottles erect.
Each time I enlist,
enter my phone,
scan my fingerprint,
keep doing
my repetitions,
one finger, one hand,
keep moving.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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