Writing, Pro-Boxing Style

I had actually planned to devote a couple of days a week to poetry for April’s National Poetry Month and time got away from me.

If you’re in the mood for some great poetry, visit  Mad Below My Feet .  She has done such a great job representing the genre this month.  Her own work is stark, emotional and very, very good.  It stands alone but every now and then, she reminds me a little of Aimee Mann who writes clear, precise lyrics that make such huge statements.

Now, I mostly write very serious stuff, but I did this as a joke and then actually stood on stage and read it aloud at a poetry slam.  <g>   


Writing, Pro-Boxing Style

I storm into the ring
Muscles oiled and compiled
To face an opponent of one
Heavy-weight style.

He goes by the name Diffidence
As world champion, he defiles
He creeps into the ring
Sentient style.

I throw out my first move
Shatter his myopic guile
Then perform a dancing two-step
Mohammad Ali style.

He rebounds with a solid left
Vilification so vile
With a quick follow up of guilt
Fourth-grade teacher style.

I growl with frustration
Gather persistence I’ve stockpiled
And slam him into the ropes
Pro-wrestler style

He grabs my creative muscle
This cheating reptile
And sinks in his teeth
Mike Tyson style.

Patience at end
My deadline he will not exile
I deliver the knockout punch
Confident Writer Style


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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11 Responses to Writing, Pro-Boxing Style

  1. Rinda, how delicious! I need to get me some o’ that Confident Writer Style. 😀

  2. Hehehe. Love that kick-ass confidence. 🙂

  3. Terri says:

    That’s freakin’ FAB, baby! Sigh…I remember the days when I used to write poetry. Of course then it was all about teenage angst!

  4. rhian says:

    Rinda – i’m adding alink to you to the Poetry Train – hope that’s okay! This is brilliant.

  5. Love the humor in this one! 🙂

  6. Sam says:

    LOL! – yes, this is terrific! Writing as a boxing match. We fight our own demons…

  7. relliott4 says:

    Aw, you guys made my day. This was something I did to give the serious poetry slam some much needed laughter.

    That’s fine with me Rhian–don’t know what that is but I’ll be looking it up. I do have two other poems to the right under that heading. I don’t often share my poems because I have more confidense in my prose. But brilliant? Wow. Thanks!

  8. Laura says:

    “And sinks in his teeth
    Mike Tyson style.”

    Great! And thanks for the shout out. Didn’t see it until today. Goes to show that I don’t check your blog nearly enough!

    LOVE that photo, by the way.

  9. relliott4 says:

    I’ve been overblogging due to being stuck in a chapter of these damned rewrites!

    Okay, out of my system now. You are welcome. 🙂

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