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This poem was inspired by the ‘Being’ poem of Louis le Brocquy’s Human Image series. I always find his work inspiring and love the use of colour in this piece. A beautiful image , I wrote this a few weeks after his death which made the process of writing it all the more poignant.

Bring painting by Louis le Brocquy


The ground is still damp

flowers bent beneath your name

like you, she fades

skin as puckered petals.

A ghostly silhouette

raw and nippled

as deep within

rouge glimmers

until it peters out.