I enter the arena and hear the crowd’s roar

Blood already on the sawdust floor

Sword in hand and ready for war

Bring it on, bring it ON – I’m a gladiator


Combatants ready – they don’t see the flaw

They want the prize but I want it more

I’ve brought my a-game for the one I adore

See me wrestle and fight – I’m a gladiator


Weapons flash, others fall – you cannot ignore

The victory I win as I slash, hack and gore

No-one will face me or they’ll be done for

I stand covered in glory – I’m a gladiator


And now that I’ve won what I was fighting for

My fair lady’s hand, to whom I swore

I’d be her champion for evermore

Now I am worthy – her gladiator


And now we’re away; don’t you look for

Either of us – you’ll not find us before

Every inch, every nook has been explored

A fighter and lover, this gladiator


So my battle-scarred helmet thrown swift to the floor

Armour stripped, steam rising, and begging for more

As our water-dropped bodies give in to furor

You’ll hear this name screamed out – “Oh, GLADIATOR!”




The story behind the poem:

A gauntlet thrown across Facebook, which I couldn’t resist – to fight and win a lady’s favour. Which led to some hilarious shenanigans, and ultimately to name-calling, outrageous suggestions and…poetry.

I don’t know if I won yet – I’ll be sure to let you know.


30 comments on “Gladiator

  1. zoebyrd says:


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  2. Samara says:

    Lizz! I must tell you, being suddenly wooed by so many suitors has my head spinning (but secretly you know those others mean nothing to me…)

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  3. Totally enjoyable read, loved that ending! Have a great night, Lizzi!! 🙂

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  4. Sarah says:

    I’m scared of you.

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  5. What a fine write Lizz. Took back to the world of chivalry!

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  6. opalzushaquon says:

    Well, this was a lot of fun. It would be a better world if battles were always fought with poetry!

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  7. Cathy says:

    You are a gladiator in more ways than one! P.S. I am in awe that you wrote such a wonderful poem!

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  8. Priyanshi says:

    I love your way with words.Simply beautiful, my compliments for your artistic thoughts

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  9. It’s what’s called a happy ending, right? 😉

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  10. Linda Kay says:

    Quite an ending to your poem…Good luck on winning! Reminds me of “Gladiator” with Russell Crowe.

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    • lrconsiderer says:

      Ahhh you picked up on something cool – I got t try that out fit on at a Movie Costumes display…that one *wasn’t* from Gladiator, but I did see ones which were.

      Are you not entertained? 😉


  11. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Wish you had a helmet with that red mop on top instead of blonde 😛 Other than that, the post reads really nice 😉

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    • lrconsiderer says:

      Hahah I didn’t get to choose, but all the dressing up was SO much fun. There’s also me in a Medieval-y helmet, somewhere, with a goofy grin. It didn’t quite go with the attitude of this poem 😉


  12. Michelle says:

    Very nice!! So fierce!

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  13. You have me thinking of Russell Crowe in the Colosseum! Very cool!

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  14. I liked this one it made me smile. I don’t want to be the gladiator, I’ve been that long enough. I want to try my hand as the fair lady.

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