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Night Games

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Night Games



The Colluseum
Has filled with people again,
Glowing softly by torch-light.
Lamps are lit, twinkling
Like stars in the seats above.
Heavy fumes of olive oil
Waft up on the breeze.
No longer do the petals
Hold their fragrant perfume
Of the day's cascade,
But lie crumpled in the sand
Trampled underfoot and blood.
Here I stand. Nobel
And proud--a woman of means--
Gladiator--non-the less.
Tonight is special.
I fight my last of five years...
The Rudius will be mine.
Here with loin cloth
And thraex...standing ready.
Domitian, has called his 
Last dwarf to fight me.
In full armor, he is no match--
A quick jab to my legs, but
Like a gazelle, I
Leap above him, taking his
Right arm with one swift slice of
My blade--and it falls
As I land behind the dwarf.
Screaming as his blood spirts from
what's left of his arm,
He raises his left hand high,
Stagering, facing the crowd.
I wait...Thumbs up--and he lives.
Thumbs down--and I mercif'lly
Slit his throat, with one quick slice...
He falls to his knees.
Walking around to face him,
Ready my thraex and say
"Forgive me, brother...
For you who are about to
Die...I salute you." ...And
Then, it was over.
He lay face down in the sand,
And his blood...And the crowed cheered.

Now, we both...are free.

deborah burch©
5/25/2012




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  1. Date: 6/7/2012 5:49:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the Amy's contest Deborah. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/6/2012 8:41:00 PM
    I LOVE yours. Wish this one had placed higher. you captured so many cool elements of the whole scene and you made a great ending for your story. Congrats. Luv, Andrea

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 6/7/2012 12:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Andrea, that means a lot to me...love,deb
  1. Date: 6/6/2012 7:03:00 PM
    DEBEORAH Congratulations with your wonderful win, In AMY GREEN'S contest. take care;-) ~ Always PD

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 6/7/2012 12:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks PD...love,deb
  1. Date: 6/6/2012 6:25:00 PM
    You really bought the battle home! Congrad's on your big win Light & Love

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 6/7/2012 12:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Debbie ;-) love ya,deb
  1. Date: 5/31/2012 6:51:00 AM
    well written Deb...sounds like a winner...hugs..Joseph

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 10:04:00 PM
    ... Sounds like something Ted Bundy might have thought unto himself, my dear beautiful and fascinating Deborah * Or perhaps Charlie Manson still does *.* Maybe your lovely beauty should go slay that dwarf ... Just kidding and somehow someway, I do believe that We have gazed upon the same stars ... Kool poe my X-Factor mamma, love, tristen :)

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 8:45:00 AM
    Cap'n DEb I would not like to argue with you over the last slice of bread ha ha ha...good luck..David