September 27, 1980

September 27, 1980

A Poem by h d e rushin
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Marvin Hagler vs. Alan Minter

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that racism exists at all even in a woven world
where a man your weight stands inches in front of you
and pretends, with process, immortality.

but waits with watchful vim
and evil trickery for you to blink, just once. Collected
habitations you'de think to

look up when the uppercut was coming
from the opposite direction. Had we known then,
with victory

from that nightlong watch, that your fight was an
internal one. That people spoke harshly of your
dance performed and done

with counting: There would be no colors on trees.
No apple orchids, no stinging bees.
no spring bucks.

Just  a beating befitting some abominable 
villain. Powerful. Vamp. Savage. Loverman.
Heavenly champ. 

© 2021 h d e rushin


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I'm always so happy when I find a poem against racism. We all need to read and learn about it. This was such a cool and interesting idea, I love the idea of writing a poem for a boxing match, especially one legendary like this. Why in the whole wide world should skin color matter? Why? There is no reason. None. All races are people and it's tough when the world is too blind to see that. But we need to keep telling people forever on, and your piece here did a brilliant job. Yes, what a champ Hagler was.

Posted 2 Months Ago


h d e rushin

2 Months Ago

thanks love. But the leadup to this fight was so different in many ways. Alan Minter had boasted tha.. read more
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Was in a pub in a place called Harpenden, Minter, post career, was in there and was staggering around as drunk as a Lord. He was so far removed from the athlete he once was, he cut a sad and pathetic figure.
I remember the fight and many others of that era when there was many a champion especially at middleweight.
So sad when the heroes of our past die, the invincibles proved not so :(

Posted 2 Months Ago


h d e rushin

2 Months Ago

Minter, as I recalled, was undefeated when he met Marvin Hagler for the title. Old boxers! Sometimes.. read more
You remain a master among us.

Posted 3 Months Ago


h d e rushin

3 Months Ago

I hadn't heard from Lawrence since way before his birthday last August. Even took a ride to the roug.. read more
A powerful poetic tribute to an iconic nite, Marvin Hagler, pound for pound had to of been one of the best if not the best in the pugilist business!!

( Any thoughts or views on the more recent heavy-weight division, ie, Wilder v Fury 1st & 2nd showdowns and perhaps still a 3rd to come as was supposed to be per contract?

Posted 3 Months Ago


h d e rushin

3 Months Ago

todays boxers don't carry the same 'cultural' weight as those of the 80's or 90's.. MMA, Bare knuckl.. read more
Great use of wordplay and stanza structure here - really brings force and imagery to a poignant poetic message! Promoter Micky Duff was as embarrassed as most Brits were on the night, apologising profusely to Hagler, and not holding back on his opinion of the perpetrators: "There were 10,000 there and there were a maximum of 15 to 20 people involved. They were animals".
Bravo my friend...:-)

Posted 3 Months Ago


h d e rushin

3 Months Ago

thank you Phil..I read about the madness of that night. Bottles and heavy objects being thrown in th.. read more
This is quite a tribute to a great fighter....I watched most of his bouts...especially the Hearns fight...I was jumping up and down screaming at the tv...that was probably the most exciting fight ever.
And I think Marvin got ripped with the Leonard fight...
Minter got his..."I am not going to lose to a black man"---well, he did...knocked him silly.
All the damn prejudice ...it should just be about two men in the ring, regardless of color...
two pugilists exchanging fists.
Reminiscent of how little we have learned in so many years...
This is such an exquisite piece of writing...as only your slant can be, dana.
j.

Posted 3 Months Ago


h d e rushin

3 Months Ago

thank you brother. and you are right on about the Hearns-Hagler fight. Tommy was a local legend here.. read more

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