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Trust no Bull, unless named Ferdinand!

Memories Challenge \ Poetry Challenge

This posing Bull reminds me of the Story of Ferdinand (1936), the best known work written by American author Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. Here's my verse remembering Ferdinand ~

Follow your heart
take no part in bull-y-ing
be like Ferdinand
the Gracious Beast
loving flowers and trees and
and not bending even a bees' knee

MEMORY: When I was a young child living on a dairy farm, I would stand on
the rungs of the fence surrounding the bull and call out to him. Although I am now told that
bulls are color-blind, one day when I was wearing a dress with red apples on it,
the bull charged, broke down the fence, and chased me. I ran around the house
with the bull right behind me.
What surely saved my life was my thinking to duck behind a bush
beside the house! The bull ran on and was eventually captured.

(An early experience that has contributed, no doubt, to my being a professional clown.)

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J. Scott Coile07-May-2010 17:04
Oh how I love that story.
Frank Brault07-May-2010 01:39
A scary story with a happy ending and a fine portrait. I love the bull's "I couldn't care less" expression. V
Jola Dziubinska05-May-2010 23:37
Impressive story, I'm glad you survived and now you can be a brave clown :)
Stephanie05-May-2010 14:46
LOL at your funny experience Carol! Talk about "running of the bull(s)" ~ and you won!
Wonderful shot of this beauty ~ and that ain't no bull! BV
Cindi Smith05-May-2010 11:31
LOL! Love that story!! Glad you didn't get hurt! Lovely shot of this bull!
Chris05-May-2010 09:48
Scary stuff - love the peom and image together!
Carl and Racine Erland05-May-2010 02:38
I love this....beautiful shot of the bull and a great poem to go with it....along with your
memories... thank you for sharing them! - Racine
Mieke WA Minkjan05-May-2010 01:52
a great story and wonderful illustrated by your capture
franz04-May-2010 19:28
Une histoire roccambolesque qui fait un effet boeuf! BV carol.
laine04-May-2010 18:13
A story with a happy ending, Carol...a memory your not likely to forget!
Norbert Fortelny04-May-2010 18:07
Nice story.
Colin Storey04-May-2010 18:02
Great story to go with the excellent image and poem.
LynnH04-May-2010 17:11
Oh my, what an experience! This is a very fun shot and it goes so well with the verse. V
Yvonne04-May-2010 06:50
What an experience to have as a young child - never to be forgotten!
Kathryn04-May-2010 06:03
Oh no! My worst nightmare.
What a wonderful creature this is, safely behind the fence.
Scott Browne04-May-2010 03:25
I love Ferdinand!
sue anne04-May-2010 03:18
Good looking bull and glad you kept your wits then with a raging bull. I guess red is not a good color to wear. ;)
Bill Reed04-May-2010 02:44
Nice story, having a bull chase you will inspire you to a lot of different things in life. Well done.
larose forest photos04-May-2010 02:25
Great story!! And a marvelous photo and poem! ~V~
borisalex04-May-2010 02:09
Wow...what a story and now you can laugh, but I ´m sure it was frightening for you!
Ferdinand looks good!
Walter Otto Koenig04-May-2010 02:01
Your clowning around with the bull probably got you started. Nice shot!
Guest 04-May-2010 01:31
Nice story, luckily with a happy end! Nice shot Carol!!
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