In the Ring | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 01, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 01, 2018

Poetry

In the Ring

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind-

Not in the ring though!

There it's simple-

Kill or be killed.

Sorrow, gloom and failure may consume you-

Not in the ring though!

Everything disappears-

It's just you and the guy in front.

They call you an animal; 

So aggressive, even your father hates you-

Not in the ring though!

They call you champ-

Beat your opponent to the punch.

You are defeated by depression, anxiety, stress-

Not in the ring though!

Your dark feelings stand personified before you-

You can punch him in the face, kick him in the ribs.

In the ring, like Ali said-

You can wrestle alligators,

You can tussle with whales.

You can handcuff lightning

And throw thunder in jail.

You know you're bad.

Just last week, you murdered a rock,

Injured a stone, hospitalized a brick.

You're so mean, you make medicine sick.

But for this to be true,

You need to be a glutton for punishment,

Learn to love getting hit

As much as you love to punch or kick.

Param Wazed Sikder is a kick boxing and MMA enthusiast studying for an MA in English and Creative Writing at ULAB.

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