‘Toreador’ by Jean Cocteau

‘Toreador’

by Jean CocteauDSCF9120

“Pepita queen of Venice
When you go beneath your shutter
All gondoliers call out:
Watch out–Toreador!
No one rules your heart
In the grand palace where you sleep
And near you the old duenna lies in waiting
for the Toreador.
Toreador, bravest of the brave
When in Piazza San Marco
The wild, slobbering bull
Falls slain by your blade
It is not pride that caresses
Your heart beneath your golden cape…”

You can read the complete poem here. Jean Cocteau died on this day in 1963, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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