<
Poemdog

Dogs 2017

GAMBLED STEPS
(6/16/17)

strange
to be told
in my 50s
that I've been
walking wrong
all these
years

stranger
yet
when the suggested
adjustments

exercises

actually relieve
my discomfort

although
I look
a bit awkward
as I stride therapeutically
about the city

not
so strange
at this age
that my new
perambulatory mechanics
now cause me issues
where there were
none
before

playing
a shell game
with pain
as I age

hip
to knees

knees
to ankles

back
to the hip
again

where
will it
land?

better
than uncovering
a pea
at every
location

I wish
to avoid
that slot machine
jackpot
of immobility

with a payoff
only
in bones

ashes