Death in the afternoon

i wrote this poem after i saw horrific cruelty made against bulls: multi mini-spears inserted into their torso, fireworks attached to their horns. this taunting really upset me, so i wrote this angry poem to try and speak up for the emasculated bulls of Spain


I pity your plaintive bellowing

from dungeon-dark prison echoing,

your toro ton-weight electrocuted,

slowly, cruelly to be executed;

what awful, absurd theatre

– cruelty the main feature,

drunken crowds, harmless creature.

O titanic toro! the provacteur’s cape,

this circular hell, you cannot escape;

horns shaved, co-ordination a-kilter

taunted by mocking lance-tilters;

weary, stigmata-stabbed, confused;

upholding tradition, riseable ruse,

righteouness seasonally refused.

Fiesta trumpets jocularly mock,

sober people should take stock,

animated inebriates unfairly jeer

goading on your primal fear:

blood-gargled your plaintive cry,

terrified eyes plead, mercy denied –

Christ for Spanish sadists died….

But where your creator now –

back on farm with calf and cow?

Flagged blades decorate your spine,

wounded, kneeling sacrifice, supine;

last gasp, silver cord snapped,

sword thrust: conquered, capped;

dead beast dragged, arena clapped.

blood graffitti curdles on hot sand

mutely crying for justice to stand;

I see Franco slyly smile, dry-eyed,

indifferent Iberia, justice denied

excepting contrarian Catalan

bull-baiting there under a ban;

Prou!” states Bible and Quran….


Animal rights activists in Spanish Catalonia gathered signatures to force the regional parliament to debate a ban on bull-fighting.They campaigned under the platform “Prou!”, or, “Enough!” in Catalan.


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