Gladitorial

The modern man

dons his helmet,

pulls on his gloves

and straps the wrist

bands tight.

He wears a coat

of leather, embossed

with death’s heads

and crossed bones.

He feet are shod in

boots.

He climbs aboard

a challenging machine

that revs and sums

up power on demand.

A motorcycle.

His jacket reads,

Icon Moto,

a homage to

gods of machines.

This man warms

up by bending

his legs and arms

and doing exercises

upon the pavement

beside his bike.

He will go out

into traffic

and be torn to

pieces by

enemies without

blood.