In The Coliseum

The walls have crumbled but the sport remains,
the crowd screeching for blood and gore
in new avenues – in churches, in hospitals,
in courtrooms and schoolyards,
all eyes keen towards
a stranger’s miseries,
all hearts pound with
distant and dreary emotion;
the walls have crumbled and the gladiators
have proliferated,
bounteous murder and mayhem
and always a crowd to mock and jeer.

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