Push-Ups of My Youth

I used to do push-ups
sometimes 80 all at once
strength of youth
before injured shoulders
time taking away the
multiple sets, recorded in notebook

diligent persistence to possess
muscles, vigorous physique of man
chin touching earth, wood, tile, sand
chest hovering, pulsating fingers
masters of force, pressing
always pushing down

ground harder now
mind more steady with years
of meditation
palms rest on lap
body just a body
breathing in and out

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