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Naht Boot Uh Mauler

He never felt the pain until the marrow
seeped into the cracks and crevices of fractured vertebrae
Remodeling the curvature of his spine

Until the satin robe was threadbare and
the once pearly ‘ManchesterMauler’ letters had yellowed
and frayed at the edges.

He was a shadow of the fearless aggressor, taunting opponents
with arms held wide and the tease of victory,
should they enter the personal space of ‘The Mauler.

He learned to hold the gloves higher
and sit back on his right foot, a tell,
that brought a fusillade of body blows.

A Southpaw, no longer present in the ring,
painfully aware that he was cursed
with the threat of another day.

Preservation has its price.

Daniel H. McCarty

Accompanied a story I wrote about a Welsh boxer at the end of the Line

Lincoln55 8 July 4
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Well done!


Teach my kids vehemently that violence is only to be used as self defence of to protect someone less skilled. Good write

azzow2 Level 9 July 4, 2018

Yes...just hard for this female to understand the ‘reward’ for such harsh body treatment, for sport! My warrior spirt...just never developed! I just hurt over the brain damage...that I imagine!

I understand. The story is about a man that abused his body because he felt it was the only thing he could do for . Mauler is a term used for someone who can take a punch but is not a skilled fighter, just someone who does not go down. The story itself is very sad.

@Lincoln55 very sad...I see now!