This poem is taken from Stand 236, 20(4) December 2022 - February 2023.

John Barton You May Have the Body (Habeus Corpus)
‘Time doesn’t heal’
             – Francis Bacon

When I think of you what I see is always figurative
Your naked body before the beanbag round hits you

In the chest I liked to brush my hand across, gilt-fleeced
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