Rhydian W Thomas

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JJ wears one lime-green
and one pink-red ankle support,
dances gamely to 90s punk
on the walk-in.
He kicks the legs from
Tutt’s stance,
punches the scowl from his face,
beats the body from the build,
and delivers a beautiful
Vaseline kiss
to his girlfriend
as he hops the rope
and dances backstage
to the shower.


Morgan has a tattoo
of Jimi Hendrix’ smiling face
on his bicep, and
its jaws have widened
over years of weight training.
He’s forced to use Jimi’s forehead
as a shield against
Te Huna’s head-kicks
until the bicep’s tissue ruptures
and the colour of Jimi’s brain
starts to peer through
Morgan’s skin.


Hikaka grins a sliver
of blue mouthpiece,
performs the wai-khru:
three-second bows to
           and club
six for
           the holy heritage of
           Muay Thai
hunting Dallas down
with sharp hooks
to the body,
his mouth still a
perfect piece
of blue.

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