Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson

How easy it seems
to box with shadows
My left`hook never lands
Nor does your upper`cut
Why then do we go on
sparring with Self

It was at Peniel
that old Jacob wrestled
an Angel he could not pin
nor did the Angel pin him
Still the old man limped
from then`on`out

But Jacob changed
He left the match with
a new name to call himself
Is it in our shadow`boxing
that we can learn at last
our authentic name?

For the most of us
that awful limp would be
a handicap we’d never choose
For Jacob it was the reminder
he’d taken God to the mat
and lived another day

   That new name now Well
   that’s a poem for another day . . .

“At dawn Jacob was a different man.
Whatever he touched caught fire.
His words acquired a new resonance;
He now expressed himself as a visionary, a poet.” ~ Elie Wiesel


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Shadow`Boxing

  1. our struggles clarify our identity

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    I took the time this morning to let this one sink in. Nicely said. Perhaps there’s not enough shadow boxing in our world of self-medication.

    Liked by 1 person

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