Two for Tuesday – Left and Right

The dual prompt today is to write a left poem and a right poem. I combined the two, though I usually tend to do two on Tuesdays, today it seemed the right thing to do.

Contenders

The boxers enter the ring,
One in red trunks,
one in blue.
They circle, feeling each other out.
One lunges forward swings with
a right,
a left,
a right.

The other blocks, and swings;
left
right
left.

They retreat,
close,
retreat.

The crowd howls with
imprecations.

“He’s dishonest!”
“He’s no good!”
The crowd battles
among themselves,
barely noticing the
contenders
until one of them makes a mistake.

“He’s wrong for our side!”
“Well, yours is worse!!”

And the battle continues
with
a left
a right
a left.

“The referee is useless!”
“The referee favors your side!!”

And the battle rages on,
for months, it seems,
years,
until election day.

And then, when the battle is over
and the victor determined,
the crowd will leave the stadium,
half victorious,
half disappointed,
but both factions have
at least one thing in common.

Both must live with the result.

Right
left
right.

It really makes no difference
in the end.

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