Coliseum at the Gates of Hell

Whips and chains

Constant pain

Nights of anguish

Opened veins

Blood and gore

And blood some more

There are no rules

On the arena floor


With sharpened blades

Armor plated


Throwing spears

Newfound fears

Conscripted death

Of volunteers

Hardened slayers

Supporting players



Rabid gangs

Sharpened fangs


Set to hang

Desert sands

Wasted lands

Gates of hell

Meet the damned

Mutant creatures

With twisted features

Mind controlled

By evil keepers

Dark marauders

Crimson water

Feeding souls

Nightly slaughter

Epic clashes

Lightning flashes

Burning bodies

Piles of ashes

No freedom


Epic death


Main event

Deserved torment



Angry horde

Shields and sword

Never cease


From the east

A deadly beast

Killing tool

Demon Priest

Human blender

Bloody splendor

No relief

No surrender

Stormy clouds

Screaming crowd


Laughing out loud

Battle scars

Burning cars

Prison camp

Forget the bars

Warlike cries

Evil eyes

No escape

Fight or die


Author’s Note

This piece is chock full of bloody gore, death, and destruction.  It’s a futuristic look at gladiatorial combat at a fictional coliseum situated outside of the gates of Hell itself.  Those souls who have scorned their fellow human being are pitted against one another each night in an epic slaughterhouse of destruction, mayhem, and screaming death.

R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “Coliseum at the Gates of Hell

  • June 12, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Filled with imagery and well chosen word use Ralph. The meter slightly obstructed in a few places but well paced and enjoyable. Cheers!

  • June 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Fast paced and to the point. Amazing imagery describes this Coliseum of death so well. Nice work Ralph.

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