matador de toros (bullfighter) #poem #poetry

my dress is red
your heart is pounding
your passion
matador de toros
bleeds from your arms into my veins
your eyes flame every soul in Salamanca
your fight is dance
your body burns
the bull is raging
flesh is cracking
roses from my hair fall on your wounds
stars are deaf
eternity is stopping
โ€ฆ
now I scribble words in lonely Sundays
echoes of bullfights in Salamanca
….
fragment/draft

Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, my poetry book, will be available for pre-order on April 14th; publication date April 20th.

Love and good health to everyone.
Gabriela

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ยฉ short-prose-fiction (Gabriela Marie Milton).

128 thoughts on “matador de toros (bullfighter) #poem #poetry

  1. Good morning G,

    A very sensual piece. I was going to copy some lines that I adored, but it really meant copying the entire poem. Loved the flowing into her veins lines. The entire piece was a sensual, heart pounding metaphor hidden behind a matador and bull.

    Brilliant G.
    Olรฉ!

    1. Good morning Drew,
      I hope it’s a good morning and you are filling well today. Thank you for your beautiful words.
      “metaphor hidden behind a matador and bull.” I have a think about that. Anyway, thank you again for the praise.
      Stay healthy, inspired, loved.
      Olรฉ!

    1. “No tengo trono ni reina
      Ni nadie que me comprenda”
      I love this song. The word reina brought it to me.
      Dedicated to you today.

    1. Aw Lucy… Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful for your comment sweetheart.
      xoxoxo

    1. Thank you so much Katy. You filled my heart with joy. You are a gem.
      Stay safe, inspired and enthusiastic.
      Love
      G.

      1. My pleasure, Sweet Gabriela! YAY and Thank You so much! I will and You too. It’s a stay-safe-inspired-and-enthusiastic pact! Sending Huge hugs Your way…๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ˜Š

      2. Only you can bring such enthusiasm and magic to a stay home party. You are the best Katy. Thank you for being you ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

      3. Awww! I love that! A stay home party! Ok. I’ve not heard that before. A world-wide stay at home party! Thank You for that and for Your crazy sweet words! Thank You for being You, too!!! Cheers! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ˜Š

      4. Hi Katy you will be the soul of the party. I believe you are the soul of every party. You are wonderful. Enjoy your day ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

      5. Well this as a crazy sweet comment to wake up to! Thank You Gabriela. You are wonderful, Yourself! And Thanks…I hope You have many things in Your day that gift You Peace and Joy. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thank you so much Devika. It means a lot to me.
      Stay safe. We need your beautiful poetry.

      1. Thank you for your kind words and for supporting me. I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m confused, Jay. Could you explain to me how you read this poem? Because to me it’s clear. He tries to kill the bull. The bull kills him. I am standing by. But you are not the only one that sees it differently ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for reading and commenting Jay. You’re great.

      1. I think Drew read it the same. WOW. I did not even think about. Thank you for this interpretation and for taking the time to explain it to me Joy.
        Hugs.

  2. Beautiful comparison of the love with cruel matador but using the metaphor of matador in love’s poem,it is amazing part of your creative and wonderful imaginative power,dear G!!

  3. “your fight is dance
    your body burns
    the bull is raging
    flesh is cracking
    roses from my hair
    fall on your wounds
    stars are deaf eternity is stopping” just such gorgeous words beautiful Button. Every line is worthy of comment.

    “Roses from my hair fall on your wounds” such exquisite visuals. This is my favorite line if I had to pick one.

    When we went to Spain I wanted to see a matador but I was afraid I could not handle the experience. Now I will think about this beautiful work when I think of a Bullfight instead. (My husband and I plan to take your book on a picnic (he gave me a lovely picnic basket as a gift) to a glorious old oak, where we will enjoy food, a good bottle of wine and reading your poetry to one another. I still have my poetry books from high school. It is nice to have a book that you can feel, smell the pages, and read and reread over the years. I don’t like to lend my books either, you can have just about anything else I have but not one of my cherished books. Have a blessed day Button. I will post a pic of our picnic with your book. Love you J (honeybun)

    1. Such a wonderful comment Joni. You warmed my heart. You are so supportive and I am so grateful to you.
      “When we went to Spain I wanted to see a matador but I was afraid I could not handle the experience” I think you could. You are a beautiful, talented and strong woman. But yes it’s quite an experience.
      “Now I will think about this beautiful work when I think of a Bullfight instead.” That makes me really happy honeybun.

      “(My husband and I plan to take your book on a picnic (he gave me a lovely picnic basket as a gift) to a glorious old oak, where we will enjoy food, a good bottle of wine and reading your poetry to one another. ” This is so humbling Joni. You left me speechless. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
      May your talent shine forever. Stay blessed and inspired honeybun.
      xoxoxo

      1. You are so welcomed sweet Button. I mean every word I say. Honest to a fault my bosses use to say about me. Love and many hugs dear Button. Please continue to stay safe my dear friend. J (honeybun)

  4. Wow! Love this Gabriela! I am a big fan of the Arte Taurino and your poem is one of the best representations of the passion, the intensity and the tragedy of it all…”stars are deaf eternity is stopping” this is a great image, surreal, symbolic and just plain beautiful!

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Francisco.
      “I am a big fan of the Arte Taurino.” So am I and, I knew that about you from your paintings. I find myself attracted to your work by a multitude of things. Arte Taurino is one of them. You are an exceptional artist.
      “your poem is one of the best representations of the passion, the intensity and the tragedy of it all” You touched my soul. I am humbled by your praise. Thank you again. I have several poems like this one but I ran into some problems when I posted them on other social media outlets. My WP friends are wonderful but WP is different from other social media outlets. I was accused that I am promoting violence against animals. So I stopped posting my own version of “Arte Taurino.” I don’t need to tell you that this is art, tradition, and not promoting violence against animals but .. remember our discussion re: Columbus and Cortรฉs.
      I can make a post and highlight the differences between art and promoting violence against animals. I can bring out the best research on Arte Taurino. I have access to a university library and by extension to all university libraries in the world. I have friends who teach art in top universities. But I am not going to do so. That goes to expertise. And generally men are experts. Women are just nice and sweet. And if they are not “nice” and claim expertise they pay a praise. As my father told me numerous times: “Remember my love when it comes to expertise men like men and women like men. So what you have to do is work 10 times harder than a man, be sweet, and hope that some day in some form and shape your work we’ll be recognized. There are other ways too, but I doubt you want to go there” Those were his words. To this day I live by them and I can attest that he was right. Of course a have my small world of mine where things are different but that’s another story.

      I’ve already said too much. However, I wrote too much – and I apologize – in the hope that you will understand how much I appreciate your kindness, your support and how much your words mean to me.
      Nuchisimas gracias
      una flor de primavera para ti Francisco.
      Gabriela

      1. No, youโ€™ve not written too much, youโ€™ve written what you needed to write and I appreciate it. I never thought of things in terms of male or female. In my profession I had women bosses who were as tough and as powerful as any man, some of them I really missed, others not so much but I learned from them. I know that old timers resented women in positions of authority but that was not my reality. My mother was a doctor and very independent and my grandmother, who practically raised me was very strong and straightforward, she was manchega and if you know about Castellanos, they can be rather hard people but generous…anyways I truly value your expertise, your knowledge and ability as a writer and you demonstrate that skill, that art to all of us so delightfully that it captivated us and seduces us. Take good care Gabriela, and thank you.
        ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™‚

      2. I did write too much. I should have not. Thank you for your understanding. I am not going to say another word about that.
        Also thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. You talked about your mother. That’s precious. She was an MD. I find that very interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and the grandmother. That is precious too. Your words brought tears in my eyes. Castellanos… yes I know them.
        I don’t have any expertise in arts. As I told you before when it comes to arts I am just a simple women who grew up in and who has now an environment filled with the beauty of art. That is all. My expertise is different from art. “Captivate and seduce us.” I am humbled beyond words.
        I don’t drink at all but I think I’ll have a glass of red tonight: to friendship, to love, to this world of ours that we wound every day, to a tomorrow in which I promise to give more than I receive, and to you, to your art, and to your success.
        Gabriela

      3. Bon dia querida Gabriela (me disculpas pero me expreso mejor en castellano), dirรกs que no sabes de arte pero tienes la sensibilidad y el temperamento propio de un artista, la pasiรณn, el eso de ver el mundo de otra forma y sufrir es lo que hace a un artista. A un santo lo hace la obstinaciรณn y el saber deglutir el dolor de las afrentas (Almafuerte). Hoy yo tambiรฉn levanto una copa por ti, a las siete de la tarde como de costumbre en Valencia. Que hoy sea tu gran dรญa.
        Un beso y una flor ๐ŸŒน
        F

      4. Bon dia, Francisco. Gracias de todo corazรณn.
        “el saber deglutir el dolor de las afrentas”; los santos, los guerreros, los artistas; una lรกgrima en mi mejilla; flores en mi mano; beberรฉ a tu salud.
        Thank you again. You are an exceptional person.
        Gabriela

      5. Bon dรญa Gabriela, ojalรก este sea un bello dรญa…you are an exceptional person too! Ya estรก llegando la hora de andar, I do footing ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ in my flat every day, 3k…
        Ciao bella parliamo a presto ๐ŸŒท

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Java. I am truly humbled by your praise ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ

  5. My favorite lines:

    “roses from my hair fall on your wounds
    stars are deaf
    eternity is stopping”

    The surrealistic imagery in those lines pack a good punch.

    Beautifully well captured and expressed and the whole poem compliments the incredibleness your work presents. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Charlie
      Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for your beautiful words. I am delighted you loved those lines.
      ” incredibleness your work presents.” That’s so humbling my friend. You left me speechless.
      Have a beautiful evening filled with love.
      G.

      1. I think I am Charlie. Problem is I am so busy that I have very little time left for anagrams and riddles. They are great. I really wish I would have more time.
        Have a wonderful evening my dear friend.
        G.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart sweetheart. I am humbled by your comment. Love and peace to you โค๏ธ

    1. Thank you so much Katy. I am so grateful to you for you kindness and your support. Please know that you are talented too and itโ€™s a pleasure for me to read your work. Stay safe sweetheart ๐Ÿ’•

  6. I can hear the thundering of the bulls G, and the abrupt and poignant silence at the end:

    โ€œroses from my hair fall on your woundsโ€จstars are deafโ€จeternity is stoppingโ€

    I think my heart stopped too. You conjure such feeling, and in this one, sound and passion are palpable. So wonderful G.

    And eeek!!! Itโ€™s the 14th now, not just for me!! Xoxoxo

    1. Thank you so much Rene. I am so glad you think so. Have a beautiful evening my dear ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’

      1. Oh, Rene, you are so kind. Thank you so much. Sending you love and hugs. ๐Ÿ’•

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