Bull Fighter

(November 2011)

Dead Toreador, 1864 by Edouard Manet


He lay so stiff and still.

Cold hands still gripped

the crimson sheet

that had brought

such an unexpected death.


He had enslaved himself to greed

and this cruel master made him

tread a dangerous path.

Desperate for fame and money

the student eagerly agreed.


Now he lies so still,

and cannot change his choice.

Forgotten already,

the crowd turns away,

without grief, without pity.


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