Michael Hylton

Festival of Gore


They run the bulls down narrow streets in Pamplona.

Humans wish to join the snarling creatures


as they charge toward death in the ring.

Bodies careen down the path while villagers shout.


Amid this chaos a bull gores an author,

the horn piercing just shy of the femoral.


When this man wrote his book on surviving this run,

he gave no advice on dying, no advice to the bull


he will later praise for its beauty

as he recovers in a nearby hospital


while the bull is killed by the estocada.


MICHAEL HYLTON currently lives and writes in Ypsilanti, Michigan. You have probably seen him drinking stouts at Sidetrack Bar. His work has also appeared in The Responder Magazine.