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El Matador y el Toro


A short essay on courage and death

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Dorothy Farrell
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Hello Jay, this is a clever one - you painted a picture with your words, and the actual picture was a great find. Good blood red colour choice. Congratulations Dorothy x


 Comment Written 09-Dec-2020



reply by the author on 09-Dec-2020
    Many thanks. I always love comments that come after it's read for tuppenny, lol.
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These words succintly tell the story of the fate of a bull in a bull fight.
It also gives you a clear image of a matador.
Congratulations on winning the contest.
Keep writing and stay healthy
Joan


 Comment Written 08-Dec-2020



reply by the author on 08-Dec-2020
    Thank you, Joan. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

reply by dragonpoet on 08-Dec-2020
    You?re welcome, Jay
    Joan
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A contest winning entry! A seven star rating from the Contest Committee for posting the winning contest entry.


 Comment Written 07-Dec-2020



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    Thank you and the contest committee for this honor.
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Carlos' girl
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This is a very nice poem, it has the proper machismo for the topic. In keeping with the contest, your few words were well chosen. The image is nice as well. Buena.


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



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    Gracias, seņora... o seņorita.

reply by Carlos' girl on 14-Nov-2020
    de nada

reply by Carlos' girl on 07-Dec-2020
    Omg you won the cash prize, amigo! congratulations!
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I can't understand the fascination with bullfighting. You really set up the life or death situation in this Great imagery with the cape-battered taunt. I watched a DVD of "The Old Man and the sea" last night. I don't think you prove courage by doing something stupid like bullfighting of trying to catch a huge fish with a boat that was too small for the task. Best of luck in the contest. You really packed a lot into this 2-4-2 entry. judi


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



reply by the author on 14-Nov-2020
    Thank you, Judi. Yes, it's quite compact--has to be. I worked about 4 hours altogether to click all the words in place. But it feels good to get it right, doesn't it.

reply by judiverse on 15-Nov-2020
    You're welcome. Those short ones are toughies. You can ponder over a single word for a long time. Every words really counts. judi
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Excellent 2-4-2 poem. We visited Spain once and we could have gone to a bull fighting area but I opted out of the experience. There's is a story of bravery and death.

Well written Jay.
Blessings
Janet


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



reply by the author on 14-Nov-2020
    Thank you, Janet. I think you opted well if it wasn't part of your culture. I attended a bull-fight when I was a young man of about 18 and it had a lasting, and not necessarily uplifting, effect on my malleable mind.
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Thank you for sharing your contest entry with us. While a teenager, I studied in Spain, Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Salamanca. I did go to some bull fights and also went so some in Portugal. Anyway, I wish you luck with the contest.


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



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    Isn't it Portugal where they jump over the bulls, and there is no slaying them? Seems I remember hearing something about that. Or maybe it's Greece. Thanks for reading, Barbara.
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For one or the other at the very least. I don't like bull fighting, but understand it's part of the culture of Spain. Courageous is the matador, the bull just runs on instinct. Best of luck in the contest.


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



reply by the author on 14-Nov-2020
    Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.
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This 2-4-2, The Matador and the Bull, brings a moment of man and beast to the reader as we can only see in this dance. The man, raised to be there, in these seconds, and control the beast until its destiny is delivered. The bull, unknowingly attempting to eliminate the fancy man, will be relieved of that struggle. The truth of the bull's courage is known; the man will show his hand, filled with steel, and end any doubt.


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



reply by the author on 14-Nov-2020
    Well put, Bill. I like that part about the bull trying to eliminate that fancy man! That must be the one thing that keeps the bull from being overcome with terror.
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This is a grand display in short verse, dear Jay. Very unique and colorful. The matador is brave or just a tad bit insane. The vote is still out.

Sending you my best today as always, and my very best for the upcoming contest,
Sally XOs....


 Comment Written 14-Nov-2020



reply by the author on 14-Nov-2020
    Thanks Sally for your kind words and wellwishes. I've been gone for 2 years and it's good to see some of my friends are still here. Or am I confusing you with another Sally?
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