The Pugilist by Carla Martin-Wood

Life scars me
digs nails in
sinks fangs in
racks me
peppers wounds
bums 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
bonebreaking blows
take the pain
take it all
go the distance

love it back
with every bloody word

@ 2008, Martin-Wood

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