At Eternity’s Gate
In Arles Vincent named just such a chair a self-portrait,
although it was empty apart from his pipe and a fist
of tobacco in a twist of paper. Onions sprouted
from a box in the corner of the red flagged floor.
Now a man on the same deal and straw seat
presses knotted fists into eyes as blue
as the bombazine suit, pale and patched.
He is a specialist in grief. He knows the signs.
Denise Bundred: "I was a consultant paediatric cardiologist and has an MA in Writing. I’m a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. My pamphlet, Litany of a Cardiologist, was published in 2020. I won the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine 2016, coming second in 2019. My poems have appeared Hippocrates Prize Winner Anthologies and the NHS Anthology These are the Hands. I have poems in a number of British poetry magazines and online publications including Envoi, Under the Radar, The Poetry Shed, Prole Poetry and Prose, London Grip and Magma."
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