1, 2, 3, 4

1

1, 2, 3, 4

1

1 minute later

10

Doing the math

moving faster

Doing the math

so far away

1, 2, 3, 4

1

1, 2, 3, 4

1

This poem is about exercise and weight loss. In the poem, a person is moving on an elliptical machine. They have decided that they want to burn five hundred calories in their workout. They believe if they do this, they will lose weight.

The person starts to move and they count their steps as they look at the calorie counter on the machine. They count four steps (*1, 2, 3, 4*) and notice the counter go up one (*1*). They count another four steps (*1, 2, 3, 4*) and see the counter go up again.

They watch a clock for a minute (*1 minute later*) and see the counter is at ten (*10*).

They do the math in their mind (*Doing the math*). If one minute burns ten calories, then fifty minutes would burn five hundred calories. They realize how long a time fifty minutes is and realize they need to move faster (*moving faster*).

As they move, they do the math again. They have heard, although aren’t certain, that to burn one pound of fat they need to burn three thousand five hundred calories. They do the math in their mind to figure out how many days they will need to run on the elliptical (*Doing the math*), and realize they have a long road ahead of them (*so far away*).

As they move they decide to just keep moving. They count their steps (*1, 2, 3, 4*) and see the counter go up one (*1*). They count again (*1, 2, 3, 4*) and see it go up again.

The poem has some form. Stanzas 1 and 5 are the same. The first lines of stanzas 3 and 4 are the same. Every line that starts with a number starts with the number 1 (the number 10 starts with the number 1).