Black Poetry : Three-Round Joe

cherryblossom

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They called him "Three-Round Joe."
Cuz that's just how much time
He would spend and bestow
On any cocky, soft-gloved foe

He was moving up the ranks
To be Boxing's best
He'd already beat all the minors
And had dared all the rest...

He was a rugged-lookin' man
But mighty fine in some Black & Tan
The former by color
And the latter by thread
With matching Stacey Adams
Gracing each long-legged tread
A full-length fur coat
With diamonds on each cuff
And another at his throat

Oh, yes, he lived just as hard as he fought
Never realizing,
He'd pay for what he'd bought
In time loss
And false gloss

At home, he had a wife and 2 small kids
For many nights, their heavy, sleepy eyelids
Finally closed, just weary from waiting
Their innocent, open hearts elating
When they heard the sound of his voice
But, usually, he made the wrong choice
Between his family and having fun
But, retribution had only just begun
To set Her eyes on him
So, the Divine Nemesis
Showed him the bliss
He'd missed...

...On a rainy, star-less night
Driving home, just leaving his lover
His car went into a skid
And he, half-drunk,
Just couldn't recover
So, the car careened into a ditch
Bounced and, then, hit a tree
Trapped by wood and metal
He just couldn't break free
....And, finally, passed out

But a passer-by stopped
And then went to seek aid
He awoke in the hospital
And couldn't move where he laid
...Paralyzed from the neck down
Fancy clothes traded for a
Two-stringed medical gown

When released, the wife took him home
(All the doctors said any normal life was through)
And then began the pay-back, Karma was due..

...You see, the wife had made friends
With a respectful, gentleman neighbor
And it had been he, not her husband
Who had helped her labor
Through the hurt and pain
Of being alone
And, she, unwittingly, became softened
By the kindnesses he'd shown...

Well, the neighbor was falling too
But, he knew what she'd been through
AND what she NOW had to also suffer
But, he continued to help where he could
Never over-stepping his bounds, just like he should
And, in time, neither could deny their feelings
So, the wife asked for a divorce
And Joe had no defense to say, "No."
But, the wife still wouldn't treat him low
So....

The nice neighbor man added a room
Onto the back of the house
So that she could still care for him there
But, no longer would THEIR home, he'd share

And Joe lies there now
Bathed and fed and groomed....bed-bound
Hearing every happy, love-filled sound
From what, once, was his family and house
His children calling another man, "Daddy"
And making love to his former spouse....

Yes, They called him "Three-Round Joe."
Many said, he coulda been a contender
And that may be so
But, now he wishes he'd been a better defender.....Of his own home.



*This piece was sparked by a short-story by
J .California Cooper.*
 

triniti424

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whoaaaaaaaa really though?
what a tale!
I cant imagine the kind of torture that would be to have to hear my family enjoying the love and affection of another and knowing I drove them there :cry: lol
its a lesson that we shouldnt take advantage of these things that really matter :)
what a read! :read:
Props poetess!! :)
 

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