Not the proverbial treadmill
that conjures up mice and hamsters
and us in our circular
narratives. But this new
or almost new NordicTrack
that I got for fifty bucks
from Lori Novak because
it had turned into a coat rack
and she didnít want it anymore.
I have installed it a corner
of my basement where I walk
every morning and every evening
for thirty minutes at a good clip.
And I love it, I love it, I have fallen
back in love with walkingó
I havenít felt this way since
I was sixteen or seventeen
months old: elated, exhilarated,
intoxicated to be bipedal.
Putting one foot in front of the other
somehow turned into an idiom
not long after I learned howó
it turned into words the way
the whole world turned into words
as I grew literate, literary, sedentary,
fat. But now Iím breaking a sweat,
walking around the world
in a corner. And lo, the world
is growing real again. And I am
growing younger and younger
and younger, up here on the bridge
of my time machine, the console
flashing all these numbersó
distance, velocity, vital signsó
as I go striding, gliding,
shakily off my starship
and into the shower.
© by Paul Hostovsky.
Used with the author's permission.