Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

Fresco – Fiona Sampson



Those long-dead painters 
must have thought
it was impossible
to remake the world
however tender the flowers
and birds they left

lightly suspended 
in tempera
whose modest visible
brushstrokes are like
a hand put out to touch 
the other world

they inhabit now
or this painted world
that they re-enter
coming with us 
who stand waiting for us
in the doorway.