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Moments of Silence

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Moments of Silence

I hear the bell and my vision narrows
I feel the throb of the crowd around me
But I do not hear them
The steady thump of my heart slows
Into red focus
My opponent's eyes are wild
MAD with excitement!
Foolish tornado
His punches sting in orgasmic pain
I stalk
He wonders
Why I don't let go
Wild now
His fear turns to desperation
Mine
Into mounting rage
Time slows again
My body ... twists
Uncoiling
The impact sends shivers through my arm
Into my shoulder
My vision opens to see him on the ground
My hearing returns to catch the slightest moment of silence
And shock
As the crowd erupts, I think
"Barbarians"
I hate to win
Turns out I hate to lose
Even more

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  1. Date: 4/18/2013 10:51:00 PM
    Wow! This poem sure left an impact. Your words are really gripping and powerful. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 1:20:00 PM
    You bring the scene alive here-- yup, I can imagine this unfolding, as well as the adrenaline rush-- watching matches like these can sure be riveting as well--but yeah, sometimes one can't help but feel sorry for the one losing, especially when there are cuts already and yes, that is a good motivation, of how you ended this, of turning it around with the last couple of lines...

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 8:52:00 AM
    So you must have won the boxing round.Your poem got me thinking of an actor Jean Claude Van Dame..a kick.boxer.Your verses sounds so real..one can feel to be there amongst the crowd.It gives me another message though..Life is full of battles worth fighting for. btw..So that s your beautiful daughter in the avatar..She s a pretty girl..God bless

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 6:47:00 AM
    Somehow I missed this one! There you go again, with those cool endings of yours. I agree with Timothy - this made me think of the Roman Colosseum, especially when you used the word "barbarians." Of course, it also brings to mind boxing or UFC. AND I figured your avatar was a picture of your daughter. She looks like a hilarious girl! A kid who can be goofy usually = a happy kid, so good job haha :)

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 8:23:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading this very much this morning. Winners are great, but a good loser don't ask for revange. If you go fishing with Jesus, I want to go to. Have a great day..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 1:34:00 AM
    It has that tone of something "epic" going on. I imagine a duel in the Roman Colosseum, the image is quite clear in my head. Loved the ending!

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 1:26:00 PM
    Wow! Really a good one! No problem feeling the energy and attitude here... Jack