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Fight night

 We had gathered 'round the radio, to listen to the fight
 A dispute ensued, punches thrown, a bloody fight

 Cigarette butts strewn across the floor, some stained in lipstick- red
A broken ashtray by the door where some blood was shed.
By an old typewriter something shiny lay
A gold earring, lost in the fray

It was a helluva  fight,
 Max throwing lefts
 Joe countering with rights
Not to mention  our own lefts and rights
But it was Max who wore the crown that night.

 Two years later  I bought an airline ticket
To see the much anticipated rematch
 I   thought Schmeling would retain the crown
 But my hopes were  dashed  when Louis ended it in one

 A few years later the world was at war
 I  found myself on a distant shore, fighting the Nazis
 Dead bodies strewn across the fields, stained  in crimson red
 By the gutter lay broken dreams, where their blood was shed


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  1. Date: 11/27/2014 9:12:00 PM

    I like this one. Is this something from the 1940's like he wanted? I really wish I could get inspired to do this contest!!