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Where Gladiators Fought

Part I Where gladiators fought for life, we meet to fight for love The constellations in the Roman night sky, celestial spectators, bathe the Colosseum in the white blood of light The night is throbbing with the heat of our battle, our cries, more passionate than any that have gone before Part II A short while earlier A well paid bribe found us in the remains of the Ludus Magnus, the remains of the old Gladiator School in Rome where lies buried a hidden entrance to an underground tunnel You pull me with you into dark underground world of legend By light of a flickering torch, we travel into the entrails of the behemoth, coming in time upon the holding rooms My breath catches I hear the sounds of man and beast carrying through the thin layers of time: Slaves, criminals, debtors, all awaiting their fate… Animals pawing, grunting, starved for food Dying to kill to stave the gnawing pain Waiting…. Waiting to be lifted up into the arena Waiting to fight Waiting to live or die Part III We break into the hypogeum The crispness of the night air stings us The vastness of it all paralyzes all thought Rome comes ALIVE The resurrection of history enflames us, and as we mount those final stairs up to the arena, I feel your excitement blazing through me Your grasp is almost painful in jubilee “We are here…HERE!” Your voice is laced with the sacred. Between those famed arches…XIX and XX We stand You and I all and 50,000 ghost spectators Here at the East Entrance The Gate of Life Looms above us True gladiators passed through these very gates Here the applause coursed through their veins And thundered to the captives below… Here I stand Quivering with the knowledge of all this night means to me That thunder reverberates through MY body I can hardly breathe Your eyes are looking up at tiered levels while mine look ahead There is the walkway connecting the east to west At the far side is the Libitinarian, the Gate of Death, through which dead gladiators were dragged, their bodies dumped in the Spoliarium to be stripped of clothes and armor Life and death Here, they converged Here, they fought On this night I know I will strip myself of my clothing and armor I will let down my defenses and give in to your onslaught of passion Here… I will die to all but your eyes Part IV I walk, quietly, with purpose Here….in this place... my virgin blood will be spilt Halfway between life and death, I stop I turn towards you My voice reaches you on the night wind “Come to me!” I see you move towards me My mighty gladiator You who have fought my demons You who have slain my nightmares You who have held in check A savage desire for possession As you stand before me I wonder if you know Tonight is the night You will plunder and ravage to your heart's delight your just reward Part V You find a place to keep the torch upright You see the blanket I’ve spread on the ground I answer the question in your eyes With the curve of my lips I steady my hands as they work to undress me I feel my body burn in the warmth of your presence Your eyes undress me faster than my hands can, and yet... you are....immovable You stand transfixed You wait until my only covering Is my flowing hair "Make love to me Here, now...be my gladiator Come...claim your prize." I reach out my hand to you and in a moment before my next intake of breath you've come to life and crush me in your arms Your mouth claims mine like never before seeking more your tongue explores demanding, commanding it takes what it will You pull me in to you Your hand in my hair, my breath is raptured by your sheer strength Your mouth travels along my neck Hungry….like a famished animal finally set free to feast You devour as you reach my cleavage I lean back to let you savor my breasts For the first time to taste You’re down on your knees your tongue encircling my navel going round and round and dipping inside This prophetic dance of what is to come washes over me as you lower me to the ground In a moment, I’m looking at the stars The two brightest ones being your eyes You are above me You are everywhere Kissing tasting touching feeling pleasing Finding my voice, I pant... “Don't...be gentle not...now!" I’m gasping with the effort of all I need to say... of the weight of feelings... raging within me "Don't...hold back anymore Take me... Take me...now." Your hands reach for mine and pin them down My breasts heave, my body rocks as I feel you plunging into the moistness that your very presence always creates in me But never...to this luxuriant degree Pain mixes with pleasure again and again As I hear your grunt and groan Your ecstasy comes in manish moan And I close my eyes to the Roman night sky I sigh I die To the world I am reborn in you I hear your victory cry And feel your jubilant release inside Part VI They fought for life We fought for love My fingers run through your hair Your head is pillowed on my breast My heart beat a reminder Of what you have won A gladiator’s reward... LIFE found in the arms of the woman you LOVE For Justin Bordner’s Contest Make Love to Me in that Ancient Place November 16, 2014

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Date: 4/4/2020 5:58:00 PM
It seems I was drawn back to this one. It’s hard to believe that almost 4 years has passed since last I read it. I am no less impressed this time. Hugs Rick
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Date: 5/5/2016 11:44:00 AM
Very enjoyable to read again! Hugs Rick.
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Date: 3/31/2016 9:35:00 AM
What a combination Eileen? This poem mesmerized me, combining Love with a historical context, with every piece and endeavor by itself. Keep up the good work.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 3/31/2016 4:07:00 PM
Thank you, dear. It was for a contest entitled...Make Love to Me in that Ancient Place. I won first prize! :) I did do research on it. Coming from a history teacher such as yourself, your comment is much appreciated.
Date: 2/8/2016 8:19:00 AM
Truly one of your best!
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Date: 7/24/2015 3:37:00 PM
This should be a movie, show, play or book because I can see it in action. I love it! It made me want to be the Gladiator! :)
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Date: 7/13/2015 12:06:00 PM
Hi Eileen: I was in awe of your sensuality in the Great arena of Love!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 12:17:00 PM
Thanks ever so much, Ralph! :) I'm so pleased to have your visit. It was a poem that was inspired.....Hugs
Date: 7/13/2015 11:55:00 AM
Well I was left breathless wanting that gladiator!! U certainly knew how to separate each act into a written play. also to remind us of the pain that went with the colosseum. Great write!! Bravo
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 12:00:00 PM
Thank you, Margaret. I'm so happy that you passed by. I'm happy to say that this poet did get first place in the contest. I did a lot of research for it. It's rather long. I'm amazed that anyone would have enough patience to read it all. :)
Date: 7/13/2015 11:06:00 AM
Oh WOW! This poem has everything and then some! I could hardly breathe, I was gasping at the end. What a lovely write Eileen. Well done. God Bless. D. 7+7+7 & fav.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 12:14:00 PM
Thanks ever so much, Dave. :) That was a very pleasant post to boost my confidence in my writing. It did win first place in the contest, so I'm pleased.
Date: 7/12/2015 9:10:00 PM
What an unusual poem, Eileen. Very imaginative. I love the constellations battling with white light. Congratulations!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 9:50:00 AM
Thank you for your knd words, Gawaine. I'm happy this won first place in the contest. I'm a bit unwell. I hope to be around to visit you when I'm doing better. Blessings.
Date: 7/12/2015 9:08:00 PM
Builds up to a mighty crescendo and sated desire. Last time I was at the Colosseum all I saw were lots of cats. Some people have all the luck. Excellent write, Eileen. Viv x
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Leslie Albright
Date: 7/13/2015 11:08:00 AM
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I too am on the back side of a pretty bad summer cold. Hope you/we feel better soon. :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 9:51:00 AM
You kind as ever, Viv. Thank you for the visit. I'm not feeling too great at the moment. Hope to catch up when I'm doing better. Hugs
Date: 7/12/2015 7:34:00 PM
I hear Harlequin calling. :) Now I'm going to go splash some cold water on my face. :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 9:55:00 AM
;) I do enjoy writing stories, Robert. Hope that splash of water helped. I'm not feeling too well at the moment. I hope to catch up with your poetry when I'm feeling better. Thanks for dropping by.
Date: 7/12/2015 6:47:00 PM
Congratulations on being featured as a ne lifetime member. This one shows what a brilliant writer you are. Hugs Rick.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 9:56:00 AM
Thanks, Rick. I so appreciate the affirmation from you. Hugs
Date: 12/12/2014 8:03:00 PM
Great, reminds me of the series Rome. And you've obviously done your research too!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 10:02:00 AM
Yes, I did do a lot of research on this one, Kate. It was a pleasing experience. I'm glad it won first place in the contest. It is a special piece. I put my heart and soul in it. Thanks for the visit. I'm not doing too well at the moment. Not in a good place. When I'm better, I hope to visit you.
Date: 12/11/2014 1:33:00 AM
You have an emence amount of talent in that pen WOW FANTASTIC.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 10:00:00 AM
Thanks ever so much, Val. I appreciate the visit. I'm not too well at the moment, when I'm feeling better. I hope to be able to visit.
Date: 12/10/2014 1:09:00 PM
Sometime,somewhere...the old story that retell in many forms and keys the same immortal feelings that make each person a poet and each poet a person fallen in love>Somewhere,sometimes,or sometime.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2015 10:03:00 AM
Thanks, Ovidiu. Your post is poetry itself. I'm not doing too well at the moment. I hope to visit you when I'm better. Blessings.
Date: 12/1/2014 5:51:00 PM
Steaming hot,hot,hot! Girl, you have outdone yourself. I never expected to see one like this from you, not that you couldn't write it, but that you published it! Big congrats!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/3/2014 7:14:00 PM
Roy....thank you for visiting my poem, Where Gladiators Fought. Your comment is high praise which warms my heart. You haven't visited my work enough to know that I do write many sensual pieces. This isn't even the HOTTEST one of them! ;) Perhaps you'd like to read the Journey of Your Lips. That one is sizzling! Thanks for visiting. :)
Date: 11/30/2014 10:29:00 PM
Huzzah! Congrad's Light & Love
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:56:00 PM
That was in THE flesh...HA HA! Silly me!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:50:00 PM
:) My dear Debbie...in he "flesh"! Aren't you a sweetie pie! HUGS
Date: 11/30/2014 5:16:00 PM
Well done Eileen!! Back again with very deserved congratulations!! This was a winner from the start! hugs // paul
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:51:00 PM
:) I'm glad you think so, Paul. I'm very glad. This win means a great deal to me. Hugs
Date: 11/30/2014 1:28:00 PM
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! many congrats on your win with this epic write! Hugs jan xx
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:51:00 PM
Thanks, sweetie. I so appreciate the visit and the congrats. Hugs
Date: 11/30/2014 10:23:00 AM
wow, this is MAGNIFIQUE!!!(is that French, or did I spell it wrong?) I like what John Lawless said to you down here!! BIG congrats. You won a contest in which you are a queen: romantic writing!!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:54:00 PM
OH! This coming from ANDREA D!!! I'm touched, honored, and thrilled. Thank you, my dear.
Date: 11/30/2014 9:12:00 AM
You came, you wrote, you conquered. Magnificent, simply magnificent. Congratulations.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:55:00 PM
:) Does that make me an empress? Thank you for that this lovely lovely post, John. I'm very happy to receive your congratulations!
Date: 11/30/2014 6:59:00 AM
I am back to Congratulate you on your first place win with this epic write.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 10:55:00 PM
And I will receive a second visit with joy!
Date: 11/30/2014 2:48:00 AM
Hey, Eileen.....this is...AMAZING. I love every bit of it. WOW! I have no words for this masterpiece. I read most of this poem with my mouth agape...fascinating story, captivating, dangerous, and so so passionate. This is the best poem I have read in a very long time, including a lot of published poetry. Favorited!!! An exceedingly well deserved win from a most talented poet. Hearty congratulations!! Always, Laura
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/1/2014 6:00:00 AM
Laura...you are very sweet, my dear. Thank you for your kindness. You had a very powerful entry to this contest. I'm glad that you did so well. I appreciate your visit and the lovely words you've left as a gift. I was thinking first to let the setting for my poem be somewhere close to the pyramids of Egypt, or the temples in Luxur, but Rome won the day in the end. I needed that battling for love to play out. Thanks for the visit. :) Hugs
Date: 11/29/2014 10:51:00 PM
Dropping back to congratulate you on the win Eileen,I am happy this beautiful poem decorates you with gold medal ; have a good day my friend ....huggs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 1:11:00 AM
I'm glad to have your lovely comment! :) I must admit that this poem is one of the ones that actually took some research. I worked hard on it and am so glad that Justin rewarded the hard work. Thanks for the visit.
Date: 11/29/2014 10:15:00 PM
Congrats on your top placement in the contest. I like the balance in this poem and how you handled every detail.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 11/30/2014 1:12:00 AM
Thanks ever so much, Rob. It was a struggle to try to say all I wanted in a shorter form, so I just decided to tell a story and hope that the readers wouldn't lose interest toward the end. I appreciate the visit and kind remarks. :)
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