Team sports

Televised and professionalized

Block voting


Patriotism to the extreme

Allegiance, the scariest word ever




In Rome the factions were divided by color

For chariots

Or gladiators

And tangled in webs of corruption

Palatine Hill politics being as venal and sexualized then

As today


But what it comes down to

Is a great distraction

Emotional attachments to essentially nothing more than displays of uncommon skill


Microsecond reactions

Which help us forget the reign of terror


Lurking outside

At the gates

Which have started to shudder


David Trudel  ©  2013



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