The [Former] Heavyweight Champion of the World

When the bell rings he
comes from all angles, short
water drop jabs to face
and shoulders; feet cat-​confident
sly-​eyed with years of training.

later, a single uppercut
undercut slips by and while
he takes it standing, the
judges declare

defeat by decision.

This one goes out to anyone who has ever worked extremely hard for something only to be [what it seems like] arbitrarily dismissed as unworthy for that very thing. It needs plenty of work, but I’ll save that for later. Workshopping is always welcome on these.