Overwhelmed

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Gate up
Charge
Legs pound
Nostrils wide
Muscles Strain.

He stands
Unconcerned
Head down
Maddened eyes
Dust rises.

Heart booms
Wild drum
People cheer
Near him
Closest now.

Braced neck
For weight
But nothing
A sting
Insect bite.

Wheel
Turn back
See him
Charge
Stung!

Again
Sweat in eyes
Sweated flank
Strange languour
Stretched time.

Snort
Shake head
Heavy
Hurl forward
Missed.

Slower turn
Heart racing
Heaving chest
He nears
Pricked.

Dances
Stings
Too light
Stumble
Fall.

No!
Stand
Fierce glare
Narrowed eyes
Bellow.

This time
Grind him
Stomp him
Too slow again
Gone again.

Weary now
Blood
Pouring out
Smell it
Dying.

His eyes
Kind and cruel
‘I think’
He says
‘We need a break.’

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