Friday, 10 August 2012

What Katie Did

It was the cold war all over again

as nations sparred for victory

in the new Olympian tradition

of women’s boxing competition

and the citizens of Bray

boxed into the clubs and pubs,

clenched long necks in the heat

as she fought the final heath

and hooked her silver into gold,

lifted us off the canvass floor,

kept the blows at arm’s length.

knocked out our national discontent.

She showboated after her fight of dreams

to the punch of the nation’s triumphant screams.

© John Saunders

Taylor wins to take Olympic boxing gold for Ireland

John's first collection ‘After the Accident’ was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. He is one of three featured poets in Measuring,  Emerging Writers, published by Dedalus Press in May 2012.