TRIDENT

A tri-pronged spear designed to dent you (*)

Trident is was called.

Used in the playground in ancient times,

To kill!  Of course, we are appalled!

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No, not a comforting piece of work,

Used with a net to kill!

By gladiators in ancient Rome

To fight another until—

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One of the other, likewise well-armed,

Wounded, blood pouring forth.

Victor with sword held to victim’s throat

Waits orders to kill or abort!

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Ruler, nonchalantly, thumbs up or down,

Orders to kill or to save.

Thumbs down, sword thrust and more blood spills out,

Crowd roars!  For that is what they crave!

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Captured by Rome, the prisoner has choice,

Die in arena or rot,

Rot in a cell or fight that is the choice!

Either way it was death!  They were bought.

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But today we are cultured, “The glory of war!”

We fight and we always lose (**)

Right or wrong results are the same,

To live or die, we may choose!

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It is appointed to man, once to die!

After death to judgment!

Though we do not seek for glory in that death

After death it is fulfillment!  (for some)

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(*) Very poor joke!

(**) Always!  Friends, fathers, sons.

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Sam Cox 5.11.05

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