Ring Warrior

13 Sep

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” ~Rocky Balboa


Ring Warrior

“One!” the ref calls out but he seems very far away
The boxer tries to stand but both his legs have turned to clay
“Two!” the ref continues as the crowd gets on their feet
The ringing in his ears and pain makes him want to retreat

“Three!” he hears and wonders if he has given enough
But then he feels the beast inside, the deep down, buried “stuff”
“Four!” he hoists his head up and he sees his only son
Look on him with sympathy as if the old man’s done

“Five!” he locks his eyes across the ring at the the young champ
He’s winded, sore, and grimacing along with his whole camp
“Six!” the boxer faintly hears but now in his own head
He hears a louder voice that causes strength to his legs spread

He hears the speech he gave the kid about taking the hit
“Seven!” ref calls out as the old champ builds up his grit
“Eight!” he hears and remembers it’s not what he is throwing
It’s all about the punishment you take and still keep going

“Get up” he hears himself growl and plants a foot on mat
“GET UP!” he hears again and slowly rises for combat
“Nine!” the referee warns as the former champ does rise
Many people in the building are caught by surprise

All except for one who stands and grins and shakes his head
The current champ who’s watched as the old boxer hurt and bled
And took all that he threw at him and still kept moving on
None of his offense, his speed, his technique or his brawn

Could keep the old man down and now the champ has new respect
For the old man who’s standing there beaten, bloody and wrecked
But still willing to take the hit, he knows right then and there
Even if his points save him and judges do declare

That he has won, he knows deep down that in a test of heart
The old man won decisively right from the very start
The ref tells both combatants to again resume the fight
They punch and and jab and hook and uppercut with all their might

The bell rings and without delay the two men do embrace
The champ’s surprised by the look on the old champion’s face
Appreciation, gratitude, elation, thankfulness
He says “You’re a great champion and heart you do possess”

“Thanks” is all the champ can think to say as pictures flash
He cannot bring himself to be pompous, boastful or brash
He watches as the old man leaves the ring and walks to back
Before announcement’s even made of who won the attack

He slowly comes to realize that old man’s goal was not
To beat the champion and then demand a title shot
His mission on this night was simply just to take the hit
And to keep moving forward and to never, ever quit

And the look on the old man’s face shows he had in fact won
As he waves to the crowd and then throws arm around his son
And disappears through the curtain while crowd all chant his name
“He earned it” the champ thinks as he claps to show his acclaim

                                                                         ~Miro

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4 Responses to “Ring Warrior”

  1. Cat Forsley September 13, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Miro ………yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    keep moving in life – like a river ———– no stagnation 🙂
    i totally dig this one 🙂
    You are totally making movies in my mind here 🙂
    all the best my bro 🙂
    love this one
    xx
    Cat

    • Miro September 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks so much my bright, shining sister of light. 🙂 Like Bruce Lee once said, “Water can flow…or it can crash! Be like water, my friend.” 🙂

      • Cat Forsley September 14, 2012 at 8:53 am #

        Definitely like water 🙂 Love the water 🙂
        we are water – made of it right 🙂
        Hope you are doing well 🙂 seems from all this amazing writing that YOU ARE 🙂
        lots of love
        to YOU AND YOURS 🙂
        your little Canadian sis xx

  2. dontchawannadream September 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award, Miro! 🙂
    http://dontchawannadream.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/sunshine-award/

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