Everybody Needs a Soul

by Jerry Ratch


They are running the bulls in Pamplona

this afternoon and they have no idea

how to do this and they are

way too old for this

and they want to relive their youth

and run the bulls in Pamplona

They want to drink like Ernest Hemingway

and run the bulls with his crowd

and live raw and wild

as if they were young again

and see life as though for the first time

and be alive again

running with the bulls within inches

of their frail lives in the heat

of the afternoon in Pamplona

and they have no idea how they

will do this but they will do it

anyway because they are afraid

of being old and weary and worn

down by life