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A Stationary Bicycle | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

The doctor tells Phil and his wife
he’s in pretty good health for a man
his age but he needs to exercise.

And Phil says he agrees
and then goes on to explain
his faith in recliner therapy.

He sits in a recliner for hours,
watches TV or reads the paper
and wiggles his toes

at least three times a day.
The doctor asks if his wife if
they’d try a stationary bicycle.

She says she thinks there’s
one somewhere in the basement.
Phil says his wife’s right as usual.

He saw it one night during a storm
when he went down to change a fuse.
Said he almost had a heart attack.


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