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2020-11-26, poems

Life Will Hit You With a Light Jab

do not punch
with your hand,
your arm,
nor your shoulder.

punch with your entire body,
not just that,
your entire being should drive
into the punch, the tendon of your feet
connecting to the ground, your calves
maintaining your balance while quadriceps
produce an explosion that twists through
your torso, your chest, shoulders, elbow
following your small, delicate set of
twenty-seven bones in your hand.

punch through,
punch through,
punch through your opponent.

upon impact, what is the sensation?

the sound of sixteen ounces of padding
condensing in the pad of your glove,
or the snap of a jaw?

that sensation
is the difference
between a boxer
and a fighter.