A senior-friendly gym
When you find a senior-friendly gym
knots untangle, locks unclick, chains dissolve.
You’re not a stand-out any more
not a mascot, not a pet
you’re not a source of pride or fear
you can pause without causing alarm
you can shine without hearing a hymn
you are just another human at the gym.
You can do almost anything
but not too long and not too strong.
You prefer to take things slow
and not to flip your head around
and if your thighs are tender
on Saturday and Wednesday
they are mending. So that’s good.
Photo from Architecture.org.nz, poem by Rachel McAlpine CC BY 2.0