Outside Chance

Tonight
I find myself choosing
Between a tough fight
And a soft relinquishing

I have no fear of sweat and blood
Especially my own
I have blinked away the salt and sting before
I have tasted that sanguine tincture on my tongue
Just as I have gritted and grinned
Guffawed even at the shattering
Of my own sanity
While I shook it off
And got to the business
Of setting it back into place
With a quick jerk, and a wince

Harder still is this, stepping back
And letting his fist fly just beyond me
Leaving only that slight breeze
Which carries with it a faint scent of sweat
And deflated fury
Directing my swollen gaze downward
I let myself listen, for an instant

To shocked silence
A moment of pure possibility
While we wait
To see what move I choose next

Tonight I find myself

-a.r.

Boxing-2 Kalel

Photograph: Boxing-2, by Kalel Koven

~ by April on November 25, 2014.

7 Responses to “Outside Chance”

  1. I enjoy your poem. And I have to say, you use just a few of my favorite words: grit, grin, wince, sanguine. And, you also teach me a new one I like: guffawed.

  2. I can be in your corner. Or your opponent. Or your biggest fan. Or just rub you down when it is done.
    Great stuff

    • Thank you and thanks for all the offers. However most of the time I end up fighting against myself, on my own, as my own support. Isn’t that the way life usually ends up? It seems that is the case, I might as well be strong enough to be all of those things. Thanks for reading and for enjoying it.

  3. I enjoyed reading this poem. To capture action in a poem, quite amazing. You make it feel real and the ending that’s simply stunning. loved this! 🙂

    • Thank you. I really enjoyed writing the action, which is physical and metaphorical, or course. It is always so hard to pause and breathe for a moment before the next action, isn’t it….especially when the whole body screams for reaction. I am glad you are reading and am enjoying your comments.

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