Late in the fight, I have stepped back
a few paces, employing the ropes
and corners, the quiet areas of the ring.
I have retreated from the immediate fray
(let my opponent bring the fight to me)
but not from the contest,
adjusting my efforts toward
the whispered strategies of the one
who remains ever in my corner,
grooming me for an eventual triumph.
O child of God, in the battle of the spirit
attentiveness is one of the great keys to victory.