[ WotD ] Pay to Play

This hoi polloi?    
It's all a decoy---    
a cardboard cutout nimiety    
Sans the live fans    
cheering from the stands    
your life's an arena      
empty --- a'void'ing null    
as self-esteem is held hostage
daily; ransom demands    
never paid in full    
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