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The Fighter (poem)

Updated on July 30, 2011

The hairs of my arms standing up

My veins seemingly filled with ice water

Almost there now, trying not to strut

Scanning the crowd, trying to spot her.

Can’t get my hands to stop shaking

Nearly a hundred have gathered to see

The spectacle of violence we will be making

A battle of fist and bone, just him . . . and me

Trying to remember how or why this began

Something he said, something hurtful and wrong

Hearing ridicule in my head, what would they say if I ran?

Can’t back out now, have to stand up and be strong

As I come around the corner, I see him standing in wait.

Adrenaline pumping

My heart won’t stop thumping.

Striding towards him with no hesitation

His fists are up, he’s ready to go

An instant release of my anger and frustration

A resounding crack as we move to and fro

A glance at my hand I see it is broken.

Pain surging through, fighting back a tear

Of this day I will have a lifelong token

Bright flashes of pain, darkness grows near

My entire world won’t stop turning

A punch and a kick, and we’re on the ground

Jostling for position he grabs hold of my hair

I can see fear in his eyes, his hesitant glare

Pressing my thumb right into his eye

Out loud he yelps and begins to cry

An elbow falls across the bridge of his nose

His eyes roll back and the rest of him froze

I stand up victorious, my heart beating so fast

Relishing the moment, knowing it certainly won’t last

Taking in the boisterous crowd as they jump and cheer

Letting the adrenaline pump, feeding off the fear

The rest of that week seemed just a little brighter

Enjoying the pain and glory of being a fighter


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      Lauren Shumate 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I loved this, it felt as if I was there.

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      Stellar Phoenix 

      5 years ago

      This content is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader happy. Between your wit and your awesome content, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, Great job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix Review

    • mcrawford76 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew I Crawford 

      6 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      Thanks for reading. I really enjoyed writing this piece and think that it's a subject that isn't saturated like some other topics.

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      Beth Perry 

      6 years ago from Tennesee

      mcrawford76, I really enjoyed this energetic poem. I had a half-brother who was a pro boxer and I think he would have enjoyed this, too.

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      Matthew I Crawford 

      6 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      I did not mean to misspell tying, though I did mean to write trying. Thanks for proofreading for me.

      And thank you very much for reading and the flattering comment.


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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      two words LOL " Very Explosive.. I like the writing style.. different i don't know if you meant to misspell the first trying -- I know-- mind my own business.. nevertheless up and freakin awesome

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      Marina Lester 

      6 years ago

      :) I think I was in a pretty good school overall. Girls did not fight, boys did. It's funny it was different where you were. But I'm with you, I always hated that and would also step in but luckily it never came to a fight but I was prepared to also be 'anti-bully' as you say. Though again overall it was a good school and there were always other kids who also wanted it stopped. I don't encourage fighting but I will. There's a difference between who starts them and who finishes them I guess. But I want to say thank you for this poem but even more, for stepping up for the little guy and keeping justice and honor in your heart. Keep well and keep being 'anit-bully' and I will to :)

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      Matthew I Crawford 

      6 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      Brett - Wanted you to know that I took your advice. My latest poem The New Kid, was inspired by your idea.



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      Matthew I Crawford 

      6 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      Thank you all for reading, and commenting.

      Marina - I don't know about your school, but in my high school I think there were more girl fights than anything else! I personally hated when people would target those who were obviously weaker than they were. I thought (think) it's a cowardly way to make someone feel better about themselves (I guess that's why they were doing it anyway). So I chose at a fairly young age (4th grade or so) that I would intervene any time I saw that happening. The next year I stopped a fight, and the kid that I saved ended up being my best friend all the way through high school.

      I always like hearing about other people that feel similarly, as to want or need to protect those closest to you.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I enjoyed this the flow of emotion easily pulled me, keeping me enthralled until the last line, A great poem and I am looking forward to reading more of you work here at hubs :)

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      Marina Lester 

      6 years ago

      I'm not a supporter of fighting, but I respect to each his own :) I really liked the poem, it's refreshing in it's topic a fist fight. I'm not sure, but I personally have never read a poem about a fight, and this was good! I know where you're coming from when you say kinda 'anti-bully' in high school it seemed like the best or only way to settle something, old fashioned fist fight. As a girl I remember trying to settle some problems that way instead of the normal verbal attacks and starting horrible gossip. I hated that that was what the girls did, I thought we should handle it like boys, "Let's step outside". I normally took as I saw it, the high road and let insult roll off my back back but when they went after people I cared about... GAME OVER! haha, only had to challenged people twice, one time the principle got between it and the other time I waited outside but she was too scarred to come out, she went and hid in a store until I had to leave. Girls talk crap and make shit up about me and my friends I feel the best way to defend honor is to fight old fashioned. Haha, girls are however really shocked when I challenge them to fight! I imagine I fight like a boy, I was in a super fit class in high school. Haha, good stuff mcrawford, fight but for what's right! Cheers! Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Amazing piece here.Really i enjoyed it a lot.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • mcrawford76 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew I Crawford 

      6 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      Thank you Brett. Flow is something that I definitely consider when forming a poem, I always make sure to read it back to myself to make sure that the tempo flows well. Glad someone other than myself appreciates that.

      I will definitely take your idea for my next work into consideration.

      Thanks for reading.


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      Brett Milam 

      6 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      I really enjoyed your piece here. One thing I particularly like about poems are ones that flow well. Whether rhyming or free verse, poems that have a good pace about them are far more enjoyable and fun to read. Good work.

      I'm still browsing, so maybe you have already, but I would be interested in seeing a future poem delve into more of that "anti-bullying" mentality.

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      Matthew I Crawford 

      6 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      Thank you epi - As a youth, fighting was kind of a hobby of mine. I liked to stick up for other people, kind of an "anti-bully". And in that I got into quite a few fights, I like to think I got pretty good at it.

      That's awesome that you were able to meet some of boxing true greats of history, I'm envious.

      Thanks for reading, and I hope you do spend some times reading some of my other works, I'll be sure to check out more of yours as well.


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      6 years ago

      ...I'm a big big boxing fan so this definitely set my heart racing - I went to a dinner for Canadian champion George Chuvalo years ago and Joe Frazier threw a punch at me ( in jest) and I had a private moment with Muhammad Ali and I shook his hand and called him Sir (well, everyone else was calling him 'champ' all night long) and favorite boxing movie - FAT CITY by John Houston - or of course, Raging Bull by Marty - although the new one on Micky Ward was very good - The Fighter -- love this piece of work that you have written - it sounds like a labor of love as written by you my friend, and so much enjoyed by me.

      And I'll be back to check out some more of your serial killers (lol) on another night but my mom says it's past my bedtime - lake erie time 1:30am


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