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First Prize, NHS section,

(inaugural) Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, 2010

 

itís about a man

 

itís about a man who healed the sick

as far as he was able

and this is the man who begged for penicillin

to cure a child

as far as he was able

itís about a man who burnt Flemingís letter

when the answer came back, None to Spare

and itís about a man who spoke at the funeral

as far as he was able

and this is the man who seven decades later

still remembers the date on the letter he wrote

itís about a man who waits in his chair

for a nurse to bring him whisky and water

this is the man who drinks the New Year in

although itís a man who can no longer hear

who peers out of his frame

as far as he is able

who thinks his own thoughts

itís about a man who comforted others

death is inevitable, comes to us all

itís about a man who is showered daily

and who now understands

as far as he is able

 

Wendy French

  

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collections -
"Thinks Itself a Hawk", The Hippocrates Press;

"surely you know this"
tall-lighthouse;

"Splintering the Dark",
Rockingham Press

joint collection -
"Born in the NHS" (with Jane Kirwan)",
The Hippocrates Press

 


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