Body Blow

lining up for punishment
and waiting to take it
not knowing where the fist will come from
but allowing it to come anyway.

There are some clues
but the rush of air
or the sound of a fair fight
aren’t any of them.

Chances are
it’ll hit in the gut
that’s the safest bet
creating a nearly impossible position
for immediate retaliation
but that’s not the point
not really.

It’s all of it
all of this:
the anticipation
the anger
the anxiety
every little thing
in the head
and it won’t stop punching
until it’s made to stop.

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