Thursday, November 8, 2007

Rules to Live By

choose your stance, stand on guard
train hard, fight harder - boxing is life
jab, slip, move - get into the groove
roll with the punches, give'em back in bunches
mechanics are textbook, style is your own
be stylish but don't be foolish
fools underestimate - it takes integrity to be great
be versatile, learn to adjust
make'em miss and come up with that kiss
which starts with a BOOM and ends in a BUST!
I come to box
for all I know 1-2-3 leads to a devastating blow
always have a back-up, learn to follow through
most important rule, stay true - to you and your crew.

I wrote this poem when I was in training for a fight during my amatuer stint as a boxer about 5 yrs ago. I found solace in writing and was especially creative in the weeks leading up to a fight when my liesurely options where otherwise reduced to a minimum. My body was being extremely stimulated so putting my thoughts on paper helped to nourish my brain and release some emotions through expression. Only since writing this poem I realize more how closely related are the rules of the ring to the rules of life.


Teena said...

And you now revealing your creative side :)

Trish said...

I didn't know you wrote that but I recognize some of the phrases - great work Yvette. And I'm with you on the rules of the ring/rules of life connection

Yvette Raposo said...

Yes, my creative side!! ...and what are we without creation!!??

Teena said...

I love the new profile pic :)

Yvette Raposo said...

Yah!!?? Great, I am glad you like;-)

Teena said...

Thanks for the voice message. I was at the gym when you called. Whoohoo! I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack at it! Whoohoo!