After years of genuflecting
prayer on bent knees
walking for miles to and from church
and the reward for all that devotion
is a purgatory of painful knees.
I try to trace back to the sin
that leads to bone spurs and tattered
meniscus too much running around
not enough meditation and bonding
to the people in my life.
Maybe it is a simple answer not a spiritual
consequence. Machines wear down
bodies are machines so…
they wear down, some faster
than others. No magic pill or surgery
but lots of memories of a lifetime
of hiking trails, housework, and prayers.