The Pugilist by Carla Martin Wood

Life scars me
digs nails in
sinks fangs in
nips me
racks me
peppers wounds
blinds me
brittle bones
feeds me
to earth prematurely
flaunts its beauty
its love for others
so addicted
I can't leave

I fall for its feints steel against
gut wrenching
sucker punches bone
breaking blows
take the pain
take it all
go the distance

love it back
with every bloody word

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