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A Gladiator's Freedom

On sand soaked with blood, two young men are breathing hard. The taller one has armor, a sword and a net. His opponent has only an arm guard and a dagger, but no encumbrance. Thus, moving quicker, this man avoids the constant thrusts of the taller one’s sword. Finding his chance, he lunges and his dagger pierces through unprotected flesh. Crimson red blood gushes forth from the tall man’s thick midriff. The crowd screams delight! Spurred on by their approval, the shorter man strikes again. This time his dagger finds muscle, sinew and bone. Hot pain consumes the tall man, but he can't cry out. His life blood is draining and the net and sword are useless. By oath he is bound to endure a violent death. . . and so he lifts his finger. To his friend - his opponent - he offers his throat. No mercy handkerchiefs wave. The editor gives thumbs down. As his fellow man buries the blade in his throat, a young man embraces death. The death of this slave is the gladiator’s lot. Another slave lives today, but his death also is imminent; then he too will finally know freedom. For Amy Green's Choka for a Chokehold Poetry Contest

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  1. Date: 6/7/2012 5:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the Amy's contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 7:50:00 PM
    This is killer!! every sense. So cool. Congrats!

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 6:59:00 PM
    ANDREA Congratulations with your wonderful win, In AMY GREEN'S contest. take care;-) ~ Always PD

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 6:21:00 PM
    Congrad's on your big win Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 5:56:00 PM
    Excellent and wonderful piece,Andrea...GREAT write..Congratulations on your super win..XOXO...

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 5:17:00 PM
    The super nova of super chokas, Andrea. Love the longer form....powerful plot and and ending. :) Love, Gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 5:16:00 PM
    congrats on your win Andrea..

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 4:39:00 PM
    Oh wow! You went above and beyond!! (You've inspired me to make mine longer.....LOL !!)

  1. Date: 5/22/2012 1:10:00 PM
    Nice visual poem for Amy Green's contest . My goodness I have not seen her name for some time. Good luck. love phyl

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 1:43:00 PM
    Oh, I thought it was to be a single 5/7/7-5/7/7~I just did one........Get images and graphic detail....I feel the battle/WOW~Great story!!!!!~message for you on my poem "Danny - Part 2

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 7:07:00 PM
    How do you come up with all these forms and poetry Andrea? I am good to write one or two a week, or none. Great Choka for the contest!

  1. Date: 5/13/2012 11:01:00 AM
    Omw, you took me there Andrea. This is a winner for sure, lovely visual write.. Thank you for that compliment on my write.. You made my day.. Hope the service is a blessed one ;) love Wilma

  1. Date: 5/13/2012 6:48:00 AM
    Sounds like a scene from Conan the Barbarian. Good luck in the contest! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 5/12/2012 9:16:00 PM
    A most powerful write gracing the Gladiator, and what a write. This surely has to be recognised. Have a lovely Sunday Utah Babe :) xx

  1. Date: 5/12/2012 9:01:00 AM
    Very nice Andrea... well written winner here... Im well hun and you??? hugs and luv Michael

  1. Date: 5/12/2012 7:13:00 AM
    A powerful and very descrptive write,Andrea.This HAS to be a winner:-) Hugs,Arild

  1. Date: 5/12/2012 7:01:00 AM
    OK Andie there's a naked one of me up for you! :P

  1. Date: 5/12/2012 6:02:00 AM
    So sad Andrea, but very well done - Like it. - Wish you luck in contest, hope for a win. - Have a lovely weekend, take care. - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 11:23:00 PM
    Well Done Andrea! Best wishes in the contest!:) Thank you for all the well wishes and ya deb

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 3:18:00 PM
    love this great gladiator write, andrea. a big winner for sure. many congrats on all your wins, my friend