The knees make creaky noises
As they take on flights of stairs;
And the eyes need arms that lengthen
To make glasses see in pairs.
Jogging is now power walking
With a sometimes gentle stroll;
Heart-pumping runs to hill-tops passed,
Keep breathing more the goal!
Fit’s not for want of trying
But the gym’s just too much trouble;
Time excuses found, so not to blame, besides
They’ve lengthened miles to double!
House and garden are my fitness school
Weights?.. a heavy vacuum cleaner;
Mulch spreading, weeding, bend and stretch
If only I was keener.
Groans on rising from comfy chair
Bone crunching, body’s way to cope;
What do you mean not 21 anymore?
Go wash mouth out with soap!
*Mindful that the brain and body don’t always agree about the number of years that have passed.