At the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp

 

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At the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp

The hanged man is badly drawn, limbs

and torso unmatched, drafts at different times

the different times , but what is inexpressible

is the artist’s memory of the broken river ice

wheel rutted tumbril under its Dutch tree

the burgher and peasant alike plagued

by slush and the mud-sled broken limbed

passes the sneering mirthful ones, expectant

on the lawyer‘s torn indentures, expertly sealed.
 
 

Colin Honnor is a widely published poet in numerous magazines in print and online, a former editor of Poetry and Audience, a literary scholar and translator of modern European poetry, he runs a fine arts press in the Cotswolds.
 
Image taken from: http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/media/images/anatomles.jpeg

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