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Fighting

Updated on December 21, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

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A revised version of it appears in my ebook, Digging to China, available both on Kindle and as a PDF. It will soon be available as a limited edition chap book. To request a PDF or chap book,click here.


My dad and I wrestled

in the backyard.

I was seven.


He played rough—

and I sprained my ankle.


Not wanting to appear wimpy

I didn’t cry. Instead

I curled my fingers and

with gnashed teeth

red cheeks,

throbbing ankle,

violent eyes

I punched him

hard

again and again and then

collapsed,

nearly convulsing

my heart thudding

rapidly in my chest

keeping time with my ankle.


With a look of sad horror,

through scrapes and cuts,

He asked how my ankle was.


Not wanting to appear wimpy

I said,

“What ankle?”





all rights reserved, Copyright 2011, Justin W. Price


Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Vinaya. Thanks for commenting. Those fights are sometimes the most intense of all!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have never fought with my dad, literally speaking. But of course we are vehement when we express our thoughts.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, andrea, that is certainly me ;-)

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      Andrea333 5 years ago

      this is really great! Love it. I see a red-faced little boy, determined to be tough

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I'll do what I can, thanks !

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      lyns 5 years ago from USA

      PDXKaraokeGuy, Your welcome always, Have a great day.

      lyns

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Lyns and Alwaya, thank u for your comments. Glad I could help you laugh :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, Your heart keeping time with your ankle, Priceless

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      lyns 5 years ago from USA

      Lol, enjoyed like this one, thanks for sharing, thumbs up and made me laugh, thanks for the night time giggles...

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i find it kinda funny...lol...

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thank you for stopping by,ramban

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      Ram Bansal 5 years ago from India

      A good memo of the childhood.. nicely crafted into words.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks for the comments. This describes an encounter between a friend of mine and his father, not my own. But I think the sentiment is universal. I appreciate the reads and the comments!

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      jfay2011 5 years ago

      ha ha, I thought it was going to be about arguing. wrestling. My dad used to put us in a head lock to see if we could get out. We were kids and didn't like it.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      There and then you grew up to be a proud son . I think that we are all guilty.Lol

      Blessings..

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      HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      ha ha....nice hub! My brother beat my dad up for me! :)