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The Coliseum (standard:poetry, 90 words)
Author: kendall thomas Added: Mar 22 2008Views/Reads: 1528/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A monument to inhumanity.

Four stories 

filled with blood of 

centuries' infamy. 

The sword, 

holy scepter of man. 


How short this journey 

‘cross the sand 

from the Gate of Life 

to the one beyond 

where Charon stands. 


Surely you knew fear, 

young gladiator; 

yet marched 

in pomp acting like a man. 


No doubt you wished to be 

with the abiding rabble 

who clapped their soft clean hands. 


How long this monument endures 

is testament, I guess, 

to what the ages demand. 


How many more must lapse, 

stone becoming sand? 


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