Paul StJohn Mackintosh

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New poem

Since I seem to be doing quite a few of these lately, here’s another painting poem – 90% finished just standing in front of the picture.

A Married Couple in the Szépmuvészeti Múzeum

A Van Dyck portrait all in black
– a married couple, starched and ruffed,
seated together, the chair back
backdropping their rich sombre stuff.

No special beauty in their faces,
but oh how tenderly each hand
is rendered against cuffs and laces:
clasped fingers, and the wedding band.