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Fighting Weight



The Strong Man

Marsden Hartley, 1923



Back to my fighting weight
arms as clubs
legs like tree trunks
belly barely bulging
buttocks worthy of sculpture


Do not misunderstand me
I seek no conflict
I intend no malice
I crave no broken bones
I do not wish for blood to flow

My weapon of choice is the pen
the argument that appeals to reason
cutting down evil at the knees of would-be despots
before it can rise to their lips
challenging the  -isms of conflict

Yet far too often there is no place for noble sentiment
the only option is the sword
You try to wield it justly
knowing that innocents will fall
praying that your humanity will not be sacrificed
as you thrust and draw – as you thrust and draw

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