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

Of Time and the Kite

when my daughter was young we flew a kite
from her wooden deck, bedroom balcony
she held the string, I watched wind
invisible thing
nearby leaves rustling, flapping
nylon snapping, waiting for release
to soar or sink, ever the question
on a day such as this
the two of us standing there wondering
what does it mean to fly away?
I let go, her twine wriggled through fingers
up and up it went
sun stopped for seconds
our fabric patch covering time