Sphere (Beyond the rainbow)

a poem by Dale Costello, Australia - poetry writer, author, poet

Arena
virtuosity in all its reckoning
plundering talent with skill
demons moan, angels sing
pugilist stands
body sagging with the effort
head defiant
crowd hushed
his opponent crushed
left lying unconscious
carried from the ring,
victory
less fleeting in sport
than in life
champions
immortalised by worship
blood and bloodless
gauntlet of bells
rising again and again
celluloid ghost feels no pain,
brain tissue
sweet sweat drying
a careful blow
a lifetime in the dying
to never lose
leaving undefeated
only that moments battle
where all victories disappear
become mere subjects
of the sphere.

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