Gladiator

Terry TrainorStarred Page By Terry Trainor, 5th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It was autumn, something was in the air, a great contest was about to begin. A contest of contests where only one person could be the winner.

Waiting








Click this link for Gladiator theme tune

On warm autumn days classrooms would be buzzing, boys would walk around the desks like true Gladiators.
A teacher would shout at boys to concentrate, but it meant nothing, nothing at all, these warriors were waiting.
Every few seconds a desk would lift and shut again checking weapons, making sure that everything was ready.
In each desk a collection of conkers sat in lines of importance, each had a skewered hole for a piece of knotted string.

Psychological Standoff



Names had been already put in hats each had an opponent, each stared at their opponent, a psychological standoff.
Stories whispered behind hands that one boy had a hundreder, a mighty conker, the conker of all conkers.
Again desk tops lifted then quietly shut again, a head would twist backwards and stare hard eyed at the boy behind.
A classroom waited for seconds to tick by, endless seconds waiting for they playtime bell, waiting for battle.

One Potato, Two Potato



A bell sounded, chairs fell backwards, desks thrust open then slammed shut, this was it, this was the time.
Crowds of kids stood in a circle the first two got their conkers ready, then one potato, two potato, for first hit.
The loser would stand like a statue and hold out his best conker waiting for the other to swing at it.
The hitter takes a few steps back then runs forward and with fantastic force and precision smacks the waiting conker.

Gladiator



Then the games began, groups of two would be scattered all around the playground, a fight to the death.
Knuckles would be hit by accident? broken conkers would litter the ground as victors danced a winning dance.
Winners would play other winners and soon it whittled down to a small elite group, the best of the very best.
The winner would always be a cheeser, soaked in vinegar and baked in an oven, the mark of a true expert.
The winner of all winners would walk the winners walk back to the classroom knuckles red raw, the Gladiator.

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Battlefield, Battles, Contest, Playground, School, School Days, School Life, School Stories

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author avatar Terry Trainor
I am a Poet.
My passion is to write about nature and the history of nature.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
5th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Jun 2013 (#)

Great...love the juxtaposition twixt now and then and then some more...thank you and I love the Gladiator music ..Spartacus indeed!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Jun 2013 (#)

oh dear Terry the music fantastic from movie with Russell Crowe...

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jun 2013 (#)

My favourite film

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author avatar Terry Trainor
5th Jun 2013 (#)

The conker matches were an art form, close combat and the skills were the skills of a true warrior. Thanks my dear friend.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Jun 2013 (#)

Do kids still play conkers now? It is not a game played at all where I am in Canada as no such trees exist here.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
5th Jun 2013 (#)

I'll post you some conkers my friend and the secret instructions handed down from great conkerers a game played since time began.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
5th Jun 2013 (#)

Those were the days of real boys dear Terry . Brilliant ! and I am really glad you are back . It was lonely here without you . There should be hundreds of conkers this year as the trees are laden with flowers , but where will we find the brave ones to go into the fray with them ? that's what I would like to know . Helf-n-sayftee and all that ! A whole avenue of the trees were cut down in Norwich a few years back in case the conkers fell on anyone's head .
Bless you for good memories .
Stella >I<

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. How can anybody be so foolish and spend tax payers money cutting down trees that have been there for years just in case a conker hits someone on the head? It defies belief. What's next acorns from oak trees. I am going to write them a letter, I,m so angry.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Still angry

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Don't be angry Terry . You can't bring back the trees , but you have to take care of your blood pressure . Playing ' Conkers ' is banned anyway now in our Nanny State . Too much risk with the compensation seekers everywhere waiting to sue if their knuckles get bruised :-0oo !
Smile instead and keep writing for us .:-)
bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jun 2013 (#)

You're dead right, they banned clackers too, what next? Skipping ropes?

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Definitely skipping ropes ! Except if you are a Boxing Trainer with a certificate saying you are responsible for those you are training . Have to be careful Terry ....someone might get hurt !! ... something tells me I should have kept off that subject ... but Hey Ho ....
Have a really happy day ..
Lots of blessings :-)
Stella >I<

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Jun 2013 (#)

Great fun page, I can just see that triumphant walk...LoL
...thanks Terry-:0)

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jun 2013 (#)

It's more of a swagger my dear friend. Thanks for reading

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author avatar Chris Breva
5th Jun 2013 (#)

Excellent page Terry.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Chris. Enjoyed your posts by the way.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
7th Jun 2013 (#)

Replied higher up ^ ... Terry :-).
Look forward to your next post .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Terry Trainor
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jun 2013 (#)

Very interesting Terry - conkers are not played in Asia but children used to enjoy similar slug-fests of harmless variety to test their prowess and dexterity. Now they are cooped up in computer games! siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
9th Jun 2013 (#)

These games have been played for generations but the technological age will hide them in history books. Thanks for reading my dear friend.

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