David Weinstock

Body Building

My muscles grow aware
Of their unique existence:

Weary of being mistaken
For so much useful meat

They agitate to be recognized
For who they separately are:

Gastrocnemius, iliopsoas,
Four-headed quadriceps bulging

Like bagpipes in full cry.
A muscle crosses a joint to move a bone.

We wrestle the Angel of Gravity.
Pin him down once and you win.


The 2River View, 4_1 (Fall 1999)