The exercycle of our fitness centre
has a seat set high on its frame and
a heavily weighted front wheel.

It is now part of our fitness circuit
with its carefully timed intervals
for each of six activities.

the forty five seconds at each
activity is a suitable time for
suitable speed and effort.

But the high bar on the exercycle
between seat and handlebars is
difficult for my short unfit legs
to get over. I grab one ankle with
one hand, heave it over the bar while
my other hand grasps the handlebar.

Meanwhile the other foot tries to stand
on its pedal which insists on moving
as I lift the first foot over the bar.

At last I have both feet on pedals
push them fast until “STOP !”
I put my feet out wide.

Now I must reverse the climbing
on process to clamber off again.