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Beak-Bashing Boy Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 4

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But yesterday I banked on fistic fame,

Figgerin' I'd be a champion of the Ring.

Today I've half a mind to quit the Game,

For all them rosy dreams have taken wing,

Since last night a secondary bout

I let a goddam nigger knock me out.

It must have been that T-bone steak I ate;

They might have doped it, them smart gambling guys,

For round my heart I felt a heavy weight,

A stab of pain that should have put me wise.

But oh the cheering of the fans was sweet,

And never once I reckoned on defeat.

I had the nigger licked - twice he went down,

And there was just another round to go.

I played with him, I made him look a clown,

Yet he was game, and traded blow for blow.

And then that piston pain, the dark of doom . . .

Like meat they lugged me to my dressing-room.

So that's the pay-off to my bid for fame.

But yesterday my head was in the sky,

And now I slink and sag in sorry shame,

And hate to look my backers in the eye.

They think I threw the fight; I sorto' feel

The ringworms rate me for a lousy heel.

Oh sure I could go on - but gee! it's rough

To be a pork-and-beaner at the best;

To beg for bouts, yet getting not enough

To keep a decent feed inside my vest;

To go on canvas-kissing till I come

To cadge for drinks just like a Bowery bum.

Hell no! I'll slug my guts out till I die.

I'll be no bouncer in a cheap saloon.

I'll give them swatatorium scribes the lie,

I'll make a come-back, aye and pretty soon.

I'll show them tinhorn sports; I'll train and train,

I'll hear them cheer - oh Christ! the pain, the PAIN . . .


"Poor punk! you're sunk - you'll never scrap again."


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