The Gladiator!

The gladiator faced a fierce deadly foe

forced into the arena

stained with blood of many men before

hostile crowds jeering

shouting abuse with an increasing fire

a savage death their desire!

 

No shade the sun burnt  unprotected skin

sweat poured from each pore

clad in leather armour and metal helmet

with growing agitation

watching his opponent slowly advance

to quickly kill the chance!

 

Holding sharp swords and small shields

to maximise the injuries

every blow followed by a baying crowd

sapping their strength

chunks of flesh gouged by pitiless slashes

with the increased clashes!

 

The superior champion gladiator parried

knowing how to defeat

overpowering without mercy his quarry

hacking him to the ground

the final merciful strike raised a cheer

the death bloody and severe!

 

Lifting his dripping sword above his head

saluting crowd and dignitary

triumphant and proud the people’s hero

another victory achieved

impassive while body was hastily removed

again his superiority proved!

 

The gladiator proudly went to receive his trophy!

 

The Foureyed Poet.

 

 

 

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Locked Within!

Locked within his own mind he just laid

after the heart attack

that came suddenly  without warning

in a comatose condition

to those around him motionless in bed

nothing direct could be said!

 

Had always hoped to retain his dignity

not gazed upon with pity

only lingering on for his families sake

after the years of hard work

certainly not his choice to visibly decay

laying there on display!

 

Not for him to be unable to communicate

prolonging their deep grief

this loving father wanted peaceful release

remembered as an active man

if only he could smile and talk as they sat

instead of being helpless and flat!

 

He waited for his merciful release!

 

The Foureyed Poet.

 

 

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