Gladiator, yet another day
Gladiator, yet another chance.
Muscles, sweat, stroke of trident -- be precise!
You and lions- face to face!
Tied and thirsty - everything’s at stake
Wrong decision - and decided fate
Any fear - our of your way!
You are hero - yet another day!
Hungry people – “circuses and bread”
Laughing Caesar-all his conscious fled!
Thumb goes down - killed another man.
Gladiator - you’ve survived again!
By Nadine Platt. 2005.
Grey, Dark and Light
Raging fierce waves
Smash, crush to smithereens
Of sharp dazzling white.
Men, courageous and sinewy
Twisted bodies in pirouettes spinning.
Trying to catch their dreams
In flight with surfing rhapsody.
Waves, but in the sky
Souls…play, laugh and fly,
Fall freely down,
Never to crash or to die.
Black, Navy, White
Why?-They will never reply.
By Nadine Platt 2008.
Ballet Inside and Out
(Dedicated to Stephen
Petronio’s Ballet Theatre, to his dancers and musicians).
Bundle of muscles in the air
Butterflies, dragonflies, lotuses
Choir’s angelicus voices
Supporting intangible bodies.
Sprawled disjointed joints
Wrapped in tattered clothes
Brazen medieval music
Piercing emotions of souls.
Audience watching in silence
Each one entangled with dancers
Brought to the world a presence
Of Love, Romance and Memories.
Immersed in subconscious reality
Sensating waft of the Universe
Submerged…- but awakened suddenly,
By the storm of applause.
By Nadine Platt 2008