Digging deep in the midst of a brutal fight,
An internal voice screams to quit, begs to stop.
A trip through hell to stand under the spotlight,
Pump the brakes and you will never reach the top.
The heart of a lion within the hurt game;
All you can hope is they remember your name.
Proving you’re a modern-day gladiator,
Win, lose? Your stock climbs like an elevator.
Prompted from MMA Storytime’s Rispetto Poetry Prompt Challenge at: https://mmastorytime.com/2020/06/25/mma-storytimes-rispetto-poetry-prompt-challenge-1/.