The only emotion fit to wear is rage;
Any other identity shows weakness.
A scowl is best to adorn in the cage,
Hiding any true feelings requires finesse .
Disguising the pain, both a blessing and curse;
Dancing around while hurt means things can get worse.
If fighters lose, they wish to leave on their shield;
The price of competing on sport’s battlefield.
Prompted from MMA Stortyime’s Rispetto Poetry Prompt Challenge at: https://mmastorytime.com/2020/07/15/mma-storytimes-rispetto-poetry-prompt-challenge-6/.
Prompted from Eugi’s Weekly Prompt at: https://amanpan.com/2020/07/13/eugis-weekly-prompt-identity-july-13-2020/.
Prompted from Tale Weaver at: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/tale-weaver-284-blessing-july-16th/.
Prompted from Your Daily Word Prompt at: https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/your-daily-word-prompt-adorn-ydwordprompt-july-16-2020/.
Prompted from the Ragtag Daily Prompt at: https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/ragtag-daily-prompt-thursday-dancing/.