Tassels & Brown Legs
Brown legs brown boots white tassels no socks, turquoise robe hood, trimmed in black, turquoise shorts, black trim shuffle shuffle skip skip punch punch drops of face sweat fall to canvas skips bounces in place shadow boxing crosses self
red satin hood climbs steps manager steps on bottom rope pulls up middle rope brown legs step through black boots red socks red tassels red laces skips around in circle grabs corner middle ropes kneels bows head prays crosses points up gets up
out of robes center ring staring inches apart touches them up goes to corner bell rings gloves touch and pop pop pop skip skip hook body shot body shot straight right down sees mother and wife hands to mouth gets up six count
pop pop pop skip skip dodge weave jab jab hook hook clinch hook hook cross cross skip skip back back back corner pop pop body body clinch clinch head butt separation warning jab jab jab weave jab weave weave pop pop pop pop shuffle side shuffle side swing forward pop pop pop eyebrow leaking blood shakes head
looked right roundhouse left uppercut back on ropes hands up punish body punish body hook body hook hook hook head shot head shot no return
referee waves arms hugs loser no no no winner stands ropes gloves aloft si si si crowd chant chant chant referee raises winners right arm chant chant chant blood on turquoise robe eye closed blood dripping winner loser hug loser raises winner’s arm mother wife hug cry
About the Author: Paul Beckman's stories appear frequently in print and online. Some publishing credits: Pank, Literary Orphans, Connotation Press, Existere, Boston Literary Magazine, Molotov Cocktail, Pure Slush, 5 Trope, Blink-Ink, Litro, Soundzine, Opium, Playboy, The Connecticut Review, and Brilliant Flash Fiction. He can be reached at his published story website here. His new flash story collection, “Peek” from Big Table Publishing came out in 2015 weighing in at 65 stories and 117 pages.