York Hall, Bethnal Green. © Alex Hocking 2011.
This Victory Means Something by Naomi Woddis:
Sometimes Jasmin stays up late
while all her school friends
are safely tucked up in dream beds
she watches the boxing with her dad
Scarlett says any woman
who loves the fight, has a man
in her family with gloves
her father, five uncles.
Fi’s boxed in the RAF.
She remembers the special time
by his side, witness to swinging
punches on TV, the Rumble in the Jungle.
All three learned early that this
victory means something.
The neat rules of a fight, what it is
to be invited, the chance of a win.
© Naomi Woddis.