• Annette Austin

CHAMPION BOXER

Breathing heavily, I come out the corner

Just as the bell sounds,

Because I’m the champion boxer

Who staggers through the rounds.


As a stiff jab sends me backwards

The crowd erupts and starts to roar,

I refuse to go down

Sweat drips from every pore.


The uppercut of life hits me

Gum shield out, I’m past my peak

Swaying one way, then another

I still stay on my feet.



When all I have is work,

Cuts and bruises don’t bother me now

Come on, take another shot

My soul, a battered mess anyhow.



As the fight ends, the stadium empties

No one is here to hold my hand,

Sitting on the stool, coughing up blood

Silence a sound which I understand.



So I fight against an opponent

That isn’t there, cannot be found,

Because I’m the champion boxer

Ready to fight without anyone around.


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