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Gladiator Without Peace
by Roger A. Ochs

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I
I am the cowardly shade
But once
once for a little while
This sad and filthy man
Lived

In thirty battles
I brandished my sword
When trumpets sounded
My heart
Ran
With cruel and hostile
blood

When I slew
I laughed
I struck and struck again
I was the savage beast of death
Until death
death
Carried me to hell

Now
in vain I know the truth
I seek
the ghosts of my enemies
And when they're found
I turn from them
Afraid
afraid
to beg their
pardon

I leave
A sad sick spirit
I howl





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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/29/2005
Roger,

*tears* Too many feeling like this--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Patricia Boudreau (Reader) 12/10/2002
Very powerful piece... I shudder from the sound of that howl...
Reviewed by jing javier 11/27/2002
so this is the translation.. very good!

just droppingby dad.. =)
Reviewed by Ed Lupinacci (Reader) 11/26/2002
This really hit hard with humanity
like the old saying be good to the ones on the way up because you will meet them on the way dowm
Fantastic point of view and so powerful in delivery
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 11/26/2002
A powerful write--powerful impact, as well...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/26/2002
Self remorse is the true hell. Wonderful write!
Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader) 11/25/2002
battle rage - blood rage ... difficult concepts for me...remorse, I know. Guilt, I know (got that from the church of my birth) -
You are indeed many times born.
Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader) 11/25/2002
this stands out in its intensity & excellence
Reviewed by Mari Laureano (Reader) 11/25/2002
intense with regret...moving lyrics **Mari**
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 11/24/2002
Cool, Roger! :)
Reviewed by Bill Murray 11/24/2002
Yes Roger a very powerful production! Both steps to bring it out. Bill
Reviewed by Linda Hill 11/24/2002
Powerful, my friend. OUTSTANDING..
Strong imagery and Intense.
Loved this!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 11/24/2002
Whoa! I feel it right in my gut! Powerful!
Reviewed by Sanil nath (Reader) 11/24/2002
Wonderful piece of write ... Really Great ..

Keep smiling ..
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/24/2002
powerfull i say..
but tell me HOW many outfits do you have...lol....from bad to very bad i say...HOW about a TUX
LOVE
Funnyface
Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/24/2002
An excellent howl...this arouses so many emotions and questions, what poetry is meant to do...A stunning write...Bravo!!!
Reviewed by jude forese 11/24/2002
the soldier's plight is a sad one...
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 11/24/2002
You were ordered to battle, your expulsion is by your own hand.. your redemption is yours as well.. truth is also on that blade that drips the blood of those ghosts.. be haunted no more.. "howl" now for peace and for the pardon you are given by a spirit that will fight no more, die no more, but be guided by the love and joy you deserve and that you have, without fail. The ghosts of your "enemies" mourn too, for the ghosts of your friends. I will never have all the words to tell you how this has moved me.. I have turned a corner and you are there.. that is my joy. katy. xox
Reviewed by richard poor 11/24/2002
aweing....more so cause i relate to it so very well....this is a good one!!!
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 11/24/2002
I'm glad to read this in English. Excellent poem. Very powerful imagery.
Reviewed by Dee C. 11/24/2002
This is an excellent piece of work! Very deep and powerful! ~ Dee
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 11/24/2002
Thank you Roger! I was waiting for this, and I am not disappointed. This is a real treat, love the tone, the wording, everything about it!

Hugs,
Maria
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/24/2002
I LOVE this poem....Love the language....like the word *slew* <----adore that. Excellent Roger...You Sir get a gold star!! ;) Ty, Dani
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/24/2002
Now I can read it and it is one awesome piece of work, Roger. This is very powerful. I like the way you are stretching for new boundaries in your work.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/24/2002
I knew that, but I am so glad that you explained it in English. Kidding this is the kind of stuff I like. A good Howl for the Soul, (that sounded like some shit mailer from Poetry.Com You have been selected for our next hardbound issue "Howls Of The Soul". Send more money.

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