A Nameless Slave ~ Part Two ~Bloody Offerings

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Not the first back in the chute, but by no means the last.


Being thin has advantages when it comes to being fast.


Pay attention now, he sternly told himself, planting feet to get the best view he could.


Finally, something to learn from. It was time for men against the wild things of the wood.

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They were by no means the best of gladiators, of this he was most sure.


But, to see the animals, how they fought, the novelty of such held allure.


To one day be champion, best. He never missed a chance to learn of battle.


He was convinced it would be the key to winning the freedom he was after.


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And so it was he was hyperaware as the magistrate rose to address the crowd.


Swiftly, the match was announced and the big cats were released roaring loud.


Three giant beasts stalked the blood wet sand,


ears up, muzzles down, sensing prey at hand.

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In the Roman slave machine even animals knew of the cruelties of man.


The beasts emanated a savage, primal energy he could feel and understand.


From two chutes on opposite sides of the vast coliseum eight gladiators emerged.


Four from each side, warily spreading out, watching, to bravery by the crowd urged.

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A lone gladiator stupidly thought to charge a beast, all the glory for himself, with sword raised, screaming a battle cry.

Lightening fast the massive cat sprang, latching onto the beefy man’s throat. It was not the great cat’s day to die,

not by his hands. While the cat proceeded to tear the man limb from limb, much to the amusement of the masses,

another man drew in too close with jabbing spear. A feline swat took his eye. He would make no more jabbing passes.

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Two gladiators down. Great gods above, the crowd was really starting to go wild.

Noise combined with the scent of fresh blood was getting the cats more riled.

Six remaining men strained with the intensity of their desperate shared goal.

The young boy knew only by working together could they make it out whole.

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The smallest one yelled to the rest but the boy couldn’t make out the words over the din.

The biggest cat took offense. He glared death as he charged, growling from deep within.

Hundreds of pounds of snarling cat slung the man between massive jaws like a rag doll.

Giant canines tearing through mere flesh and bone. The crowd emitting a constant squall.

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By the end of the all too brief match not a single human stood. Judging from the crowd it was for the good.


Beasts won over man, but not because they should. No, because men had not looked to the greater good.


Had they banded together and attacked with a plan the boy just knew that they could have won.


The cats had been slaughtered by guard’s arrows. Their bodies now piled in the noon day sun.



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Using a grubby forearm to wipe blood and sweat from brow, the boy resumed his avid onlooker position.


He strained with anticipation. Up next was something new, never seen by him, a one of a kind competition.

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He couldn’t believe they were going to do it. Everyone had been swearing it would be a most notable match.

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This time when the magistrate stood, he did not have to wait long for the crowd to still so that he was able to introduce the upcoming offering.


Thousands of beating hearts lusted for death, pulsating as one, waiting to feed. Under the Magistrate’s Villa they had been caught burrowing.


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Beautiful to behold, gossip said. The tale of their capture had swept through the city. Members of some cult, said to be assassins.


The boy didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. How could they be worth much? They were still just girls from Athens.


The gladiator, with the honor of what he knew would be a swift disposal of the treacherous bitches, was well versed in the arena.


His background spoke for itself. He defeated every opponent, not once giving sign of surrender. He even trained in Sparta!
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The boy anxiously awaited the opening blows.


The crowd in anticipation of fresh blood rose


with thoughts of the offerings of virginal flesh now at hand.


Viscous bits of the dead shimmered on the blood wet sand.


To be cont.
© Vix a.k.a. Rhonda Enrayne 7-30-11




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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow... this was a beautiful poem. I wish I could be a gladiator...haha. Very well written and I really entertained with this poem. Well done, my friend. Vote it up!

Prasetio


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Prasetio ~ Thank you. You always say the sweetest things. God bless you!


fashion 5 years ago

This is really a wonderful poem.I love it.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

You know.. I can sit and read you all day... honestly Frank-- hit up and awesome yeah


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Fashion ~ Thank you very much. Happy hubbing!

Frank ~ Awe, isn't that just the sweetest thing to say! Thank you.


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Excellent creation. Thanks for all the effort to present us with something good. I KEPT MY EYE ON THE TIGER. Love it all.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

PenMePretty ~ Thank you! Your kind comment is most greatly appreciated. God bless.


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Poetvix: You have done a superlative job in continuing on where you had left off in part one, Rhonda. One can see that there is a distinctive poetic flow to it. I appreciate the way that it engages the reader early as this story's continuity with its characters mesh seamless in epic proportions.

The Graphics and Video clip adds to the epic drama that you've constructed, for a total sensory experince! Well done Rhondsa, Well Done indeed! Voted Up and Pushed all the right buttons here!

Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Professor ~ Thank you so much for your most kind and supportive comment. Coming from you, it means a great deal as your writing is top notch. Happy hubbing, Professor


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Ruthless imagination poetvix....Loved the historical drama and trauma!;))


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Mentalist acer ~ Thanks bunches! God bless.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Cool - Thinking outside of the box......


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Manthy ~ Thank you very much.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..so nice to see Professor Mike here - another very unique one of a kind writer - and yes it's true for the epi-man - no one writes quite like this - many of your 'epic' length poems leave me (literally) breathless as if I have been watching a movie unfold - you definitely have this corner of the writing market all to yourself - because your writing style and the storytelling narrative is just something completely your very own and I love you for it.

lake erie time

5:51pm just come out of the water for the 2nd time today and having a nice cuppa tea before the evening news on TV and my dinner


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Epigramman ~ Dearest Epi, Thank you so much. Your comments mean the world to me. Whenever I want to just give up on a story I can always look to your past comments to give me the motivation to continue. Yet again, not only have you made me smile, but you have made my day. Thank you and God bless you always.

The Professor is too cool isn't he?


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well that makes three of us - lol - here at the Hub - the Cool Trinity, we are!!!

lake erie time 6:22pm just finished watching the TV news and yes the world is still in one piece.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

... See, you do say the sweetest things!


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Poetvix: I sudden felt my name being mentioned, by those considered the Poetic Elite in a gathering of the Truly Talented and Gifted Writers in Hubdom! The honor of simply being mentioned let alone being included as part of such a titanic trio, has me very humbled indeed, Rhonda!

My friend, both you,Rhonda and Colin(Epigramman)are quite honestly two of the finest examples of Prolific Poetic presentations and Storytellers Par Excellance.

I, am that, which simply is me. A artist, masquarading as a writer, who paints with words what I envision. Once the work is completed, offers it to those, who come to read, experience and hopefully enjoy, a view of creation that, I humbly present.

Thanks for the inclusion even though I am not worth of such an honor my friends.

Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Professor ~ Awe! Look at you. You're as sweet as Epi. I am so fortunate that the two of you include me. You both rock! "Paints with words", how poetic is that? Way, that's how much. You and Epi both can shoot with sniper accuracy with a pen. I treasure the kind comments, the beautiful poetry, the great articles, the twisted tales, the side splitting side bars and all the astounding things you two come up with. I thank you both for including me in this trinity.

I am smiling to myself as a little ditty about us deciding to take over the world plays out here in my head. This could be a fun, fantastical, fight fest :).

Thank you and thank Epi too from the bottom of my heart. God bless and keep you.


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Nefarious_Misery 5 years ago from on the move

Yet another masterpiece to go along with your other works. Will you continue this saga until the boy himself is a gladiator?

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Nefarious Misery ~ Thank you so much for the read and for your kind comment. I don't think it will go on that far but to be totally honest, I never know. I don't have the endings in my head until I write them typically. The few times I have tried to think ahead and then get the flow to conform to whatever I was thinking it just all goes wrong. Usually I just get too hyped on coffee, open the file, start typing and somehow eventually I arrive at the end. God bless you!


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seicheprey 5 years ago

Again, well done.:)


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Seicheprey ~ Thanks bunches and happy hubbing!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Nicely done poetvix!


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Micky Dee ~ Thanks bunches! I love it when you cruise through my pages. God bless.


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

So this is the 2nd part of that wonderful nameless slave. Just like the first one. Reading it is better than hanging to my kitchen.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Naturalsolutions ~ Glad you liked it. I don't care to hang in the kitchen much myself. Happy hubbing.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Hey, I'm just putting this comment here because Hubpages told me that it was too long for an answer to your question about Monsanto, and because you don't have a "contact poetvix" thingo on your profile (I don't blame you for that)

Thank you, ma'am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know....for years and years I'd been reading on the growing global unity and the human history spanning desire to unite the world under one king or government.

I even knew about the codex alimentarius, and the Nazi roots of the idea of food as a weapon of global control.

https://www.google.com/search?ix=ica&sourceid=chro...

Well,of course I constantly blogged on Myspace as soon as I got my first computer...and though my efforts were most often very poor - the benefit of it all was the friends I made, and the things I learned from them in the ensuing debates and comments.

One thing that kept on and kept on coming up - and I had no idea what it was - was "Monsanto." I had no idea what Monsanto was, but surmised that it was a corporation...but couldn't figure out what the big deal was, or why so many smart folks considered them to be such an "evil" thing. I'd also heard of the term "GMO" - but hadn't put together what the big deal was there either - I was only then worried about things like the drug war, the way police seem to think that they are Gestapo nowadays, and how that family of Jewish bankers controls so much of everything while never having their names known so well.

Gosh, that Monsanto website is so full of it - it's all the verification anyone needs that it's perfectly legal to lie about anything and everything...so long as you've got the money to fend off damages in courts.

Of course folks looking for it at all well know that Monsanto doesn't take anyone to court for liable...as most all the horrific things said about their history and their products are all perfectly true.

I do have an answer to your question, of course - and it's so simple that nearly overnight the company would go bankrupt.....all that is needed would be for folks everywhere to stop buying Roundup herbicide.

Roundup is the back bone of Monsanto - and they are NOT a profitable corporation at all without Roundup.

Of course either all or nearly all of their agriculture poison products are all sold in seed form as "Roundup Ready" - Round up is the cornerstone of their entire business model, and probably the single most successful agricultural chemical ever created.

Roundup itself is sold under the guise of being totally safe...and even my Mother once said that "it's basically salt."...but it's not safe, and it's not just basically salt either.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/roundup-s...

Heck, here on Hubpages someone has already put together a Roundup replacement for someone to mass produce and sell - but I personally can't say whether or not it's an effective product.

http://hubpages.com/living/Non-Toxic-Weed-Killer...

Even were folks to actually bother to wake up from their mass media inflicted and chosen stupor and take the time to learn about Monsanto, global population control aims, infertility and cancers caused by consumption of Monsanto's famous herbicide and (I'm told) very non tasty vegetables....the global war mongers would still find Monsanto something to do...with a new version of agent orange or something..

Sadly, DuPont is now competing with Monsanto in the GMO cancer and infertility "game" - I wonder what sort of herbicide DuPont is using.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Todd ~ Thank you for your response to my question. I have to wonder if Monsanto is not a tool of a "larger" group and I don't use the term to mean numbers. It is too effective and insidious, to my mind, not to be.

DuPont is in the game too huh? I had heard that but really hoped it was misinformation. I would love to see everyone stop using and purchasing Roundup but I highly suspect they are too diversified now for that to stop them, though I can still hope. I do know vinegar will kill weeds and it doesn't kill us or the environment. What these monsters are doing to the world's food and water supplies scares the hell out of me and ticks me off to no end. They have to be stopped or we all... Well, you know.

Side note - While I have seen no studies either confirming or denying this, I suspect there is a measurable and observable positive correlation between the rise in the use of Roundup accompanied by the rise of genetically engineered food and the rise in developmental disabilities in children.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well, OF COURSE Monsanto is part of something much bigger and more sinister...I'd imagine that that something is nearly entirely represented at Bilerberg meets.

Gosh, just look at some of Monsanto's major stock holders or former board of directors - it's like a military industrial complex get together! Cheney, Rumsfeld - and many another fine American master of murder and misery under the guise of whatever falsehoods the mass media puts on their activities.

Africa and their population, HIV, and genocide emergencies? Droughts and famines?

Oh don't worry! Monsanto and the Gates Foundation (Bill Gates has philanthropic street cred...um, he gives away hundreds of millions to save money on taxes...so folks like to think that he's doing someone some good) are going to feed the Africans through thick and through thin!

So yeah...they'll be more food in Africa, more cancer, more birth defects, and increased infertility...hey, I can't argue with the lesser sperm counts, but whatever.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Todd ~ Some big names there and I have to admit I had not thought to lump Gates in that list. My bad. While I obviously think what's going on in Africa sux beyond the telling, I wonder if it is just there, meaning not here. I don't think so. What used to be problems most of us thought to be restricted to the "there" are, or should I say have become, problems on a global scale. They may be more prevalent in some areas, but give it time.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hello there Rhonda. We are on the same wave length again as so often before. First, this is an exciting and gruesome follow up to your first installment. I was sad that they killed the cats. I am looking forward to the virgins in the next episode. I just wrote an acrostic poem about Barabbus and the Roman Empire.

The powerful elite's plan to exterminate the labor herd or human stock was my next Hubpoem. I love the comments about Monsanto, Dupont and the faceless oligarchy.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Sligobay ~ Thank you so much for your kind words and support. Currently I'm wondering what's more scary, the behavior of the ancient Romans or the behavior of our current leaders and I have to say I'm leaning towards those that are alive now. Oh! New poem? Roman empire? You know where I am headed. God bless and happiest of hubbing for you.

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