Exercise: v. middling, meddling, 500 years ago—To put into action. Circa 1340: to raise from the dead. Circa 1729: to exercise one’s tongue. To practice one’s genius. To exercise one’s pipes. To bring to bear. Circa 1738, of Psalms and Hymns. A prompt of no serious exchange—except one’s rights. Take advantage of property laws. Speak out. Hear me out: i.e. to exercise power. To incite. Leg day. To give employment to; to engage the attention or feelings of; to tax the powers of. The brain is like a muscle. Back and bis. To put a muscle through its full range of motion. To put into practice. To perform. Of rites and ceremonies. Within the Church. At the gym. Monday is universal chest day. Practice your form. To exercise in place. n. The action or process of training or drilling. For the sake of improvement: i.e. motions and management—essential discipline and skill: i.e. a writing exercise. Toward perfection.
Cecilia Savala is originally from the Midwest but is currently writing from the desert of Tempe, AZ where she is a Graduate Teaching Associate, an Assistant Director of Writing Programs, and the Poetry Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Mochila Review, Boiler Journal, and Passengers Journal, among elsewhere.