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Sports redux

at times all that’s left

is a retreat into sports

not relevant

at all

but as primal as ancient Rome

in wired arenas

when teams coloured in

screaming adoration

or dismay

become an Australian Blue Heeler

of collective heat

outstretched

pulling centrifugally

against your impulse to say

Stop!

in which there is no

enough is

no safe place under the bleachers

to watch it play out

until thumbs are

outstretched

 

 

David Trudel      ©   2013

 

 

 

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Sports

Team sports

Televised and professionalized

Block voting

Mobs

Patriotism to the extreme

Allegiance, the scariest word ever

 

Waves

 

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

Absolutely

Lurking outside

At the gates

Which have started to shudder

 

David Trudel  ©  2013

 

 

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