Gladiators out on the field,
Each country's chosen champions;
A Roman Circus, where the assembly
lines the stands, cheering, and bays for blood.
Caesar is there up in the stands,
Displaying love for sports, and country.
Millions more are lining the aisles,
with scarcely disguised lust for victory.
Pent-up passions coming to the fore,
Jingoists waving flags, and uproar.
It's not about the game on the field,
It's far beyond that, and much more.
All wars require an arena,
for some, it is the cricket field.
They need champions, and an enemy:
To fight is an inbuilt human need.