Thumbs Up

– a gladiators’ Rome-

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Thumbs Up

      – a gladiators’ Rome –

Held be thumbs up

Meant slaves bade,

A grant of life just

Tho short accolade,

Spares ye as lion sup

Feast so on gladiator,

Or as gladiatrix lust

Would a thumbs down,

Send we to an early grave

Assures one’s final round,

Will realize time’s fated age

Chose whisper of deaths await,

Faint yet by an abjured persuade

As the obscured days of old did rate,

Reminiscent so of a gladiators’ Rome!

          This gesture has its roots, 
                          in the days of Caesar,
                                  be then gladiators’ Roma...
Audio - Recital, by Jean-Jacques Fournier
Music - Rise of the Phoenix, proudmusiclirrary.com 
Imagery – Assorted Private & Public


written in Sweetsburg
© Jean-Jacques Fournier
August 28, 2021

“ A Pact ” ~ with Lady Death ~

I made a pact

With Lady Death,

When I do reach

For a last breath, 

To keep at bay

Her Beelzebub,

And intercede

Till my choice deed

For carcass dear,

Finds where reside

Without he interfere…

 

Hence to decide

For up above,

Tho I am told

It’s rather cold,

I preclude not

The down below

Where it be hot,

Say cursed souls

Held sinful lot,                     

So I’ve been told

Thru pact I bade,        

With Lady Death!