Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I saw several young people 
carrying weights around
 the block. It didn't seem 
like strength training. 
Did their guide want
 them to experience 
what a twenty five pound 
burden felt like? Some burdens
 may be shared. Many aren't ours 
to carry. The boy hefting the painful
 fifty pounder to his other
 shoulder looked like a friend would
 have to help him make it back. 

Maybe the teacher wanted
 them to know what twenty five 
pounds of extra fat -- around 
your tummy, thighs, and hips -- 
felt like. How breathing 
and moving is made 
difficult and more difficult
 as weight is added 
by default in small,
 easy increments, but 
takes slow purpose 
and dedication to lose.