There was something you required,
that was given.
you did not keep,
your side of the bargain.
now you ask for more?
now you make the same claim?
it doesn’t seem right.
just doesn’t seem wise.
there’s the writing.
there’s the voices.
there’s the logic.
Another week begins,
and something is required …
the first step is taken.
This poem is about a person who is unsuccessfully trying to lose weight. In the poem, they are arguing with the weight loss method they chose.
The person has tried a method to lose weight, in this case exercise, but when they weighed themselves, they didn’t lose weight. Now they question the method, and the overall effort in general.
In the first stanza, the person says that they put in the effort.
In the second stanza, the person criticizes the weight loss method. In their view, they did something, and so they expected something in return. Since this did not happen, they feel cheated.
In the third stanza, the person is going to start a new week. They are contemplating whether they should continue with their efforts. They wonder this considering that their previous efforts did not work.
In the fourth stanza, the person questions their method. They wonder how what did not work before is expected to work this time.
In the fifth stanza, the person doesn’t believe trying what they did before will work.
In the sixth stanza, they reiterate this idea.
In the seventh, eighth, and ninth stanzas, they think of evidence supporting them exercising. They think of things they’ve read, what people have told them, and the logic of exercise.
In the tenth stanza, the week begins, and the person hesitates before exercising.
In the eleventh stanza, the person doesn’t see an alternative, and they exercise again.
The idea of this poem is to look at the path that trying to lose weight can take. A person can try something, and have it not work, and wonder whether they should keep at it.