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The Gladiator

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The Gladiator

Blood mixed with dirt was still moist on the ground.
Traces of battle were scattered around.
The man entered slowly, a snare on his face.
Trying to hide his contempt and disgrace.

Announced by the cheers of the people above.
Among all the fighters they showed him most love.
Never defeated, no matter the foe.
With him they all knew they would soon see a show.

The man was all muscle, and seven feet tall.
Compared to his size, all the guards appeared small.
His skin was tanned golden, his eyes piercing green.
His hair long and braided and dark with a sheen.

His helmet of metal was fitted just so.
His sword and his shield had a rich, shiny glow.
A belt made of leather protected his waist.
His greaves, thick and sturdy and perfectly laced.

Suddenly silent, the crowd had grown still.
Awaiting arrival, expecting a thrill.
And then there was thunder, the roar of the beast.
Declaring his entrance, predicting a feast.

The man and the lion began in their game.
Predator, prey, they both looked the same.
They circled and circled and then in a blink.
The cat had attacked, so anxious to drink.

They struggled together, locked in a war.
The crowd cheered them on, hoping for gore.
And then he was bitten, the wound on his leg.
But he would not fumble and he would not beg.

He reached for his weapon so close where it lay.
He would not accept this would be his last day.
And just as the creature had pounced in the air.
He killed the great cat with his sword and a prayer.

The fighter stood up with his blood dripping down.
The steel of his helmet concealing his frown.
The great gladiator continued to reign.
Another he killed, one more smile he must feign.

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  1. Date: 5/31/2012 1:37:00 PM
    love this great action write, Samia. A sure winner here

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/31/2012 2:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much jack. I'm glad that you liked it! :)
  1. Date: 5/21/2012 4:08:00 PM
    Samia, I'm liking the rhyming game Joyce cooked up herself! Congratulations with your awesome poem, take care :-) * PD

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/21/2012 6:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi PD, Yes, the rhyming game was a really good category. Thank you very much! :)
  1. Date: 5/20/2012 6:32:00 AM
    congrats on your win Samia

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/20/2012 7:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Joseph. I appreciate it! :)
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 9:38:00 AM
    A wonderfully well written poem. Congratulations Samia on your high win in my contest. Love, Joyce

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/19/2012 1:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Joyce, Thank you so much for this fantastic placing! I am so glad that you felt it was good enough ...Samia
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 7:59:00 AM
    Congrats on your well deserved win, Samia. Outstanding. Enjoyed. Kudos. hugs, Ralph

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/19/2012 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Ralph, Thank you so very much. I really appreciate it! :)
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 6:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Joyce's "Rhyming Game" contest Samia. Love, Carol

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/19/2012 9:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Carol! :)
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 2:49:00 AM
    Wonderful tale... a cry for freedom rings... and congrats... Terry

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/19/2012 5:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hey Terry, Thanks so much! Yes, freedom! :)
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 2:00:00 AM
    Samia congrats on your win..you should do a re-mix for the choka contest..David

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/19/2012 5:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hey David, Thank you so much. I'm going to take a look at that! :)
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 7:42:00 AM
    Like the story Samia, well written. - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/17/2012 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Anne Lise, Thank you very much for your comment and the love! :)
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 5:37:00 AM
    This is very well done Samia I predict a winner for the contest luv vie

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 5:37:00 AM
    This is very well done Samia I predict a winner for the contest luv vie

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/17/2012 7:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Vie, Thank you so much for your well wishes! :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 11:53:00 AM
    Good story..a barbaric work.

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/16/2012 12:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    LOL - Thank you very much Marlon! :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 11:39:00 AM
    Great wording and great suspense, loved it.

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/16/2012 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Nikola! :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 10:20:00 AM
    Very suspenseful and drama packed, kept me at the edge of my seat until the last blow. Very well scripted Samia!

    Arroyo Avatar Samia Ali Arroyo
    Date: 5/16/2012 10:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Justin! I really appreciate your comment! :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 10:20:00 AM
    Very suspenseful and drama packed, kept me at the edge of my seat until the last blow. Very well scripted Samia!