Author: Paul House

Poetry: What It Is About


I guess what I would really like to be

Is the white bull that inspired the minotaur,

A beautiful white bull rising from the sea

And not the hideous offspring of a passion

Based on the deceit of a wooden cow.

I do not want to fight the local heroes,

Every eighteen-year-old who has a cause,

Alone in the centre of a dark labyrinth

With no Ariadne’s thread to pull me out.

I do not want to be the minotaur.

I want to be the beautiful white bull.

I would teach myself to live simply.

I would like it when the nights grow cold.

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Poem for Anna •  Mandelstam and Mayakovsky •  The Lighted Window  •  Alone with the Years •  The Poet Tires •  Something there is •  La Madrugada •  Postcard of a Golden Retriever •  Shellfish •  Miguel Hernandez •  At the Edge of the Ebro •  Gone •  Playing Cards •  That's Where I Belong •  An Abstract Perfection •  Pearls in a Glass •  Poem for Susie •  Mornings in Malasaña •  Leo •  A Garbled Message •  Gnome •  Old Friends •  More About Penguins •  Ghosts •  Poem for Nelly •  Good Friday in Salamanca •  T.L.P. •  What It Is About •  The Blind Man And His Guide •  The Smell Of Winter •  For No Other Reason •  Poem for Linda