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This poem is taken from PN Review 53, Volume 13 Number 3, January - February 1987.

Three Brueghel Paintings Clive Wilmer

The Massacre of the Innocents
The Conversion of St Paul
Hunters in the Snow


I

This is the world (the painter says)
Reduced by ice and snow, bone-bare.
  Then ride in mercenaries.
Armed to the teeth, they introduce
  Fear, panic and despair.
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