Smooth Criminal

for Bill Yarrow

I’m not going to box today
because my husband won’t let me.
I’m not going to box
because my feet hurt
because my hands hurt
because my head
hurts.

I’m not going to box
because it’s an inappropriate thing
for any woman to be doing
in front of her mother and
my mother is the most kind,
hospitable woman on the planet
but she won’t let me box.