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Kung Fu Ninja Mom Protector
by Sarah Frances Moran

I am going to be a Kung Fu Ninja!
That big girl down the street won’t tell me
how small and skinny I am any longer.

I’m going to learn the art of the Nunchuck.
The twirl and the swirl and the smack down.
I’ll be like Michaelangelo the Ninja Turtle,
Swift, stealthy and strong.

Mom says it isn’t Kung Fu and I won’t be a Ninja,
she says it’s Tae Kwon Do. I told her Tae Kwon so!
I can still be a ninja if I want to.
I’ve seen enough Ninja Turtles and I’ve watched Snake Eyes
from the G.I. Joes.

Today I get my yellow belt, my first big step to Ninja-dom.
And just maybe, if I stick with it and do my best
I’ll get my black belt. I’ll be She-ra The Warrior Princess
but without the sword and dressed like Bruce Lee;
Strong enough to keep Dad from hitting Mom
and sneaky enough that he won’t ever know it’s me.

After yellow comes orange, then purple, green, blue.
I forget after that but I know I can do it.
Get my black belt. Become unstoppable. Save my mom.
Save the world.

PHOTOGRAPH: The author as a child receiving her yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I was in Tae Kwon Do as a child. My parents decided I was too passive and needed something to boost my confidence. I loved it. I had an obsession with all things Karate, Kung Fu, etc. I loved the Ninja Turtles, Ninjas, Bruce Lee, and all Kung Fu type movies. So this poem came out of that experience and out of that love. I wrote it from my perspective of that time. I added the bit about my parents because it was always a wish of mine. I always wanted to protect my mom.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarah Frances Moran began writing in the ninth grade out of a desire to help others, and her writing has evolved into full-blown insistence on changing the world. Her aim is to poetically fight for love and harness the type of tender violence needed to push love forward. She strongly believes that words have immeasurable power. Originally from Houston, Texas, she moved to Waco pursuing love. Her work has appeared in Catching Calliope, The Bitchin Kitsch, Harbinger Asylum, Digital Papercut, eFiction India, The Boston Poetry Magazine’s online zine and will also be featured in their Spring 2015 issue. Her work is equal parts frustration, hope, anger, advocacy, and love. At the heart of it, she’s a stick-a-love-poem-in-your-back-pocket kind of poet. She’s a huge advocate for animal welfare and works daily to combat pet overpopulation. She resides in Waco, Texas, with her partner and their menagerie of four-legged critters. You can reach Sarah at www.sarahfrancesmoran.com.