Every boy should know how
to do a veronica, fix one knee
in front of the other, and bend
the spine to sounds of Ole! Ole!,
sure two-handed maneuvering
of the makeshift cape bringing
fully imagined bull to its lancer.
A particular flick of the wrists
takes practice to pose, each pass
low to keep the beast’s head down.
Some days it’s science, some art,
bull and boy both brought to kneel.
Who protests the positioning too
soon for the kill is lost in the last
swirls of magenta. Beyond the ring
feet fly; a clean white handkerchief
waves and waves. A mother waits
to press cloth to son’s bleeding face.
Write a poem of your own based on Lisa’s image “Bedsheet” or choose a line from Maureen’s poem as a starting place. Post on your blog and link to us (we love that), or just drop your poems here in the comment box.
See the first Image-ine Poetry post in this series.
See the second Image-ine Poetry post in this series.
See the third Image-ine Poetry post in this series.
See the fourth Image-ine Poetry post in this series.
Looking for more poetry teaching resources?
- Persecuted Poets: Hearing the Voices Beyond Our Borders - November 30, 2016
- Writing with Matisse in Mind - October 26, 2016
- Healing with Poetry: Interview with Fred Foote (Part 3) - September 10, 2015