Story of Taurus: A Full of Bull Tale Told in Haiku

Gentle, frightened eyes
survey ’round the enclosed ring,
ignorant of fate.

Caped bully struts in;
unanticipated foe.
No sitting bull, he.

Unforeseen battle
is called down upon my head.
Toro moves in time.

Tied tongue or bullocks,
Madman has no time to doze;
takes care where he steps.

Cheers rain like bullion.
All take stock in victory.
Who will crash today?

Final moments come.
Bowing to El Matador –
Crowd demands a kill.

“Bull—oney,” I snort.
If but one leaves this duel,
my swords strike with might.

© 2013 jody love


During the first part of the month of April, Carpe Diem’s prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. April 3rd’s prompt takes us beyond Aries to the next position in the Zodiac – Taurus, the bull (Zodiac 2). I hope you enjoy the various ways in which I’ve tried to depict the bull in our society, beyond his Dance with El Matador. How many references can you target (like a bullseye)?


I’ve worked in a double challenge on this one, also adding in Trifecta’s April Fool’s Day prompt for the week:

rain (transitive verb)
1: to pour down
2: to give or administer abundantly <rained blows on his head>

Please remember:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
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41 thoughts on “Story of Taurus: A Full of Bull Tale Told in Haiku

  1. Jody, you never fail to make me laugh. I love the haiku structure, and that’s no bull… you do indeed celebrate the effervescence of the human spirit. 🙂

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  3. this was wonderful!! Bull-loney! best use of that word, ever.
    Plus you used the RAIN the way I wanted to..this was such a pleasure to read.

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