Knockouts and Knockdowns
By ice rivers
After Gene Fullmer outpointed Sugar Ray Robison in their first fight, Gene was favored to win the rematch. He was ahead in that fight entering the fifth round when Sugar knocked him cold with one clean punch.
When they got back to his dressing room Gene asked "Did we win?"
He had no memory of the fight nor the punch that felled him. He never saw it coming.
His handlers had to tell him the truth,
I am not afraid of anything that I can see. I can deal with it.
It's the punch that I don't see coming that I'm afraid of which means I have a multitude of invisible, irrational fears fears.
I remember my camp counselor who instructed me that I didn't need to worry about the mosquitoes that I could hear. Those were the bloodsuckers who wouldn't sting. I asked him "should I worry about the ones that I can't hear?"
He walked away.
I'm afraid of x rays.
They reveal far too many of my secrets.
I'm afraid of biopsies although one of them saved my life.
I'm afraid of my wife. She sees everyting that I dont see.
She notices messes that I've made that I don't even realize that I've made or plan to make. She's usually right. All I can say is "I'm sorry, I'll do better next time."
She knocks me down every day with her formidale attention to detail.
I never see it coming.
I lead with my chin. She crosses with her mighty right.
She drops me,
I keep getting up off the canvas.
She keeps fiorgiving me
This is marriage.
A frightening commitment that is fit only for the brave.
I believe in bravery.
Fortune favors the brave.