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The Boxer

The Boxer
By Matt Johnson

Calm, Quiet, Reserved.
The muffled crowd in the distance.
A hood creating a dark cavern,
shadowing the beast within.
Focused silence.
The heart beating slow and heavy in the chest.
Thoughts swirl and dance in the mind.
Concentration centered on the challenge.
The walk is not alone.
Friends, family, coaches,
protection from all others.
Sliding between the ropes.
The protection cannot enter here.
The challenge must be faced alone.
Only Support and encouragement can be offered.
The eyes gaze on the challenge ahead.
Body tensing, preparing.
Mind clear.
A bead of sweat glides down the chest.


April 7, 2011 - Posted by | Poem | , , , , ,


  1. You really put us into the head of this athelete. Well done.

    Comment by liv2write2day | April 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Boxing presence, strong and clear. You put us ringside. I wrote an MMA poem called Fighting Form.

    Comment by kshawnedgar | April 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. excellent job! Have you seen the movie “The Fighter?”

    Comment by lolamouse | April 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. well done…


    Comment by Jingle | April 8, 2011 | Reply

  5. Nice one..loved the way you have crafted your poem .Cheers!

    Comment by Umamaheswari.A | April 8, 2011 | Reply

  6. Love the way it leads up to the match and creates a whole person.

    Comment by Shanna Dodd | April 8, 2011 | Reply

  7. vivid imagery! very powerful..
    hugs xxx

    Comment by Olivia | April 10, 2011 | Reply

  8. The fact that jingle and Promising poets found you, means your life is now full of a wonderful poetry community who encourge and inspire.
    don’t forget to take advantage of all their links, rally’s and more.
    keep writing. Keep up the great work…

    cuz, You Rock!


    Comment by lunawitch15 | April 13, 2011 | Reply

  9. you have captured
    the nervous energy
    and intensity.

    Comment by lucychili | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  10. you must have watched the UFC games this weekend as well πŸ™‚
    That is what your poem reminded me of, quite creative of you! Luna sent me by, welcome to WordPress πŸ™‚


    Comment by Life: Between the lines | May 3, 2011 | Reply

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