Healthy Maintenance

No, it’s not a big deal.
It was just an old bike.
Just an old bike
that I had for years
since my youth
that I used
to ride to school
and afterwards to work
and back again in the morn.

That bike served me well for years
and when you said
you wanted to get fit
I thought it might help you too
and figured the two of you
would do so well together
I guess I neglected to ask
about the relationship.
I guess that’s on me.

I should have checked
to see how you were getting along.
I should have verified
that you weren’t moving too fast
that you guys were gonna last.
I should have sensed it,
I guess, when you decided to throw out
my old friend
because you didn’t like the color
or the sounds it made
or whatever it was you just said
while the blood in my ears
made it fairly hard to hear.

I hope you have found some other way
to stay healthy
and your heart rate is keeping up.
I shall be seeing you soon
and I expect we’ll be testing
your aerobic capacity shortly
to its limit.

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