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Pollice Verso- Thumbs Down

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Pollice Verso- Thumbs Down

Jean-Leon Gerome’s Pollice Verso pleases my artful eye
As a gladiator boldly stands thus alone
With foot upon a defeated soul
He awaits the Roman crowd’s reply
The great coliseum is filled high
A populous with thumbs down does yield 
For slaughtered blood to flow a ground
Thus the conquer will most likely fulfill
With blade in hand
His beating chest
Pollice Verso the given sign
Their savage eyes drawn down with cries
For to come will be the gruesome fun
Yet I in vision another martyred Christian
He surely 
Will shortly

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  1. Date: 2/9/2013 8:15:00 AM
    Mark, I have always loved Roman history and you described this painting beautifully. I especially liked the ending - how you broke it up into short lines. It has so much more impact that way. Great job. Congratulations on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 2/9/2013 7:51:00 AM
    Many congratulations Mark , this makes me want to look this picture up xx

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 8:59:00 PM
    Mark, :-) Congratulations with your wonderful win in Heather's "Famous Art" poetry contest. *Goodnight~LINDA

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 5:08:00 PM
    a most interesting one. It's really nice to see which paintings everyone chose to write about. I like your vision!! Congrats.

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 3:07:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, Mark! I have to check this painting...

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 12:06:00 PM
    art well captured indeed...good luck for the contest...

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 11:58:00 AM
    Written for the Famous Art poetry Contest. You may view this work of art at this web site. (