Response: Red Wolf Poems

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In the Age of Our Machines

To maintain a sound body and an agile brain
today’s woman swims against a current of ease.
To do what early woman did by chance: we will train.

Our primitive forebear’s tight butt and abdomen,
got a good workout when she ran back to the trees
to maintain a sound body and an agile brain.

We must however squat, thrust, hold, exale, and strain
in scheduled slots, outside the day’s activities,
To do what earlier was done by chance. We will train.

The primitive gal didn’t much need the regimen–
as bending, running and climbing were necessities.
To maintain a sound body and that agile brain,

she subtracted time from distance, used tradition
as a guide, survived. We can’t chew gum and shoot the breeze.
To do what early woman did by chance. We will train.

What circumstance forced on her, we pay for, complain
and bring ourselves in line to do again. Because
to maintain a sound body an an agile brain,
to do what once women did by chance, we have to train.

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An Oracle for Red Wolf Poems