Poets is powered by Vocal creators. You support J M Hunter by reading, sharing and tipping stories... more

Poets is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.

How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.

How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.

To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.

Show less

Phantom Bump

When we began those weekly tangos, you and I

When we began those weekly tangos, you and I,

when we matched pummel for pummel, pound for pound,

our dauntless flesh blending with flesh,

the virile fibres slick with rage,

When we flashed from rope to man, tasting iron,

water, iron, loved as kings,

why would we, in this hollow dotage guess

beneath the wrinkled canvas,

silver-laced yet undisputed

that stone-cold sting of slaughter lingers on?

Or that, beside our fragile web of neurons

our brittle bones chant “Why?”


(This poem was written after I read a transcript of two ladies in the 1930's discussing the authenticity of wrestling moves and the 'fakery in wrestling.' I'm sure a lot of pro wrestler's bodies will certainly be feeling the reality of their career in their old age!)

Now Reading
Phantom Bump
Read Next
Make Schools Safe Again