Poems of the Week

“Physical: 100”

by Jenna Le

On Netflix’s top trending show,
four men push boulders up a slope
until they’re winded, in the hope
of taking home a bag of dough.
Inside the filming studio,
an audience cheers on the group:
when one man, tired, begins to droop,
they all exhort him, “Go, go, go!”
and “Push, push, push!” In unison,
they shout, “Two, three! Two, three! Two, three!”,
encouraging the weary one
to roll his rock more rapidly.
Now, who’d have guessed that cries like these
would trigger childbirth memories?