Downshift: a Poem (and your Cabal Fang WOD)


Step right up
See the amazing blockhead
Pound nails into his face
Hang art from hooks
In face, arms, neck, back
He no longer bleeds or hurts
Six shows a day

They say he’s a freak of nature
That he was born this way
With honeycomb head and rubber flesh
But after the last show of the day
He slides behind the curtain
And practices for hours
For your edification and enjoyment

In winter he parks his van beside the others
Two months in Gibsonton off Route 41
Reads to the kids, cuddles with the wife
Plays guitar with his feet
Naps in a suitcase
Runs naked in the pines by the access road
Reacquaints himself with sleep and serpents


I spend a long time writing that last fitness book,  getting it ready, editing, posing for my wife to take the pictures (bless her heart!), worrying and fussing.  Then I spent a couple of months selling it.  When you’re self-published writer you have to be the entire carnival — barker, performer, driver, cook, jointie, ride jockey, you name it.  Not complaining.  It is what it is.

Sooner or later though, you have to downshift.  You can only run in high gear so long.

Time to slow down a little.


Here’s your Cabal Fang WOD:

Today we’re taking it down a notch.  Complete an HIIT with Resistance Bands (24 x :40.  Six sets of Lat Raises, Seated Rows, Squat Presses, and rest for a total of 16 minutes) followed by a head-to-toe stretch of at least 30 minutes.

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