The Tale of Angelica’s Bull Fight

19 Feb

“Within its small circle one finds life, death, ambition, despair, success, failure, faith, desperation, valor, cowardliness, generosity, and meanness—all condensed into the actions of a single afternoon or even a single moment.”   Conchita Cintrón, (matadora)

She climbed out of bed, shook her head, and stood steady.

Twisting her torso, tipping on her tippy toes,

Selecting her most colorful clothes,

She smiled at the sunlight through wide-open windows.

    Yesterday in school, never expecting her path to be blocked  by a very, very, large un-reeling bull, snorting words in puffs of curses and personal innuendos; of her color, her religion, her weight, her choice of clothes, her friends, and the painful statements of her heritage, mother, father, stepfather, stepbrother, uncles, and aunts.

    The bull pushed her mentally and physically with such ignorance and arrogance of stampeding shame, Angelica relinquished.

Feeling demeaned, gouged, her heart bleeding and sore

By the misunderstanding,

The miss-handling of life that allowed itself to snort,

To spit, to bare its teeth, and then, become completely,

Unbelievably cruel with pain.

    Rushing home, closing the door to her room, her head buried in a tear-dampened pillow, no longer able to cry, she fell asleep. On a small table by her bed, laid a dry red carnation taken down from above her headboard’s framed poster of “Conchita”

In her dreams, sitting in a wicker chair

Between the bed and her clothes, left on the floor,

Appeared Conchita “matadora.” Visibly aching, poked by a mean bull

They called “Chiclanero.”

    From situations to experiences, from the offensive to the pervasive, to mistakes made and recapturing sensibility, their stories and Conchita’s occasional swishing animations of a flowing red muleta, filled the room in the spirit of lifting anger and disappointment in gestures without conciliation, with the tip of her fingers, closing the door, revealing her struggling life, as a perfect Matadora. No, as a perfect matador.

Softly ending into dawn.

Their conversation subsided

In a night filled with excitement and adventure.

Conchita, whispered why they met

And what to forget, in a kiss good-bye;

Saying “what makes bleeding stop is within the strength of gentleness, perseverance and dignity, in one stroke of a kind, brave, and… in an unimaginable act”.


[A Historical Note About Conchita Cintrón:

     She intended the final corrida of the 1949 season, in Jaén, Spain, to be the last of her career. She appeared in the ring together with the matadors Manolo Vázquez and Antonio Ordóñez. After performing on horseback with the bull, Cintrón rode to the box of the presidente and asked for permission to dismount for the kill. Permission was denied. This was her signal to leave the arena, and leave the killing of the bull to the novillero assigned to her for that task. Instead, she dismounted, grabbed his sword and muleta, caped the bull and prepared it for the kill. She actually went in for the kill and then dramatically let the sword drop to the sand. The bull charged. Cintrón stepped from his path and simulated the kill by touching his shoulders with her fingers as he rushed by. Pandemonium erupted in the stands and the audience threw hats and red carnations at her feet. ]



Angelica climbed out of bed, shook her head, and stood steady

Twisting her torso, tipped on her tippy toes,

And smiled at the bright sunlight through wide-open windows.

 She stepped out of her room in her most colorful clothes;

(Dressed with the sword of precision “La Diosa de Oro” left behind.

Rushing to school, that morning, she knew

Her famous day had just begun.

[Rev 14]



Posted by on February 19, 2017 in bullying, Children, ignorance, New light/New life, Prose Poetry


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10 responses to “The Tale of Angelica’s Bull Fight

  1. Gillena Cox

    February 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Monday Writes #98 is live i invite you to link in

    much love…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gillena Cox

    February 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    You had we enthralled form the first to the very last word.

    much love…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kaykuala h

    February 20, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Pandemonium erupted in the stands
    and the audience threw hats
    and red carnations at her feet.

    What a spectacular historical episode and a great story narration ZQ!


    Liked by 1 person

  4. sanaarizvi

    February 20, 2017 at 10:05 am


    Liked by 1 person

  5. Myrna Rosa

    February 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Whew! What an exciting read. Love how you combined a historical fact with metaphor and created such a great poetic story.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Susan

    February 20, 2017 at 8:27 am


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  7. Sue Anderson

    February 20, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I love what she did. So fitting.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lemon j.

    February 20, 2017 at 12:07 am


    I love this part:

    Conchita, whispered why they met
    And what to forget, in a kiss good-bye”

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sumana Roy

    February 19, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    wow….this is so captivating, inspiring and absolutely breathtaking….

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Sherry Marr

    February 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    How I LOVE that she touched the bull with fingers instead of sword…………glorious. Sigh. You brought this event to life with your words so beautifully.

    Liked by 1 person


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