Robert Beveridge

Francis Bacon and Adolf Hitler Enter Heaven Together

On the newsstand
a familiar face
attached to a body
that looks like John Kennedy’s

screams the headline.
On the same day
Francis Bacon keeled over
on another continent.

Bacon’s easel
set up by St. Peter
days before in preparation
waits for his first figure.

Hitler jogs, out of breath
up the lit path
catches up with Bacon’s back

and the two of them
amble through the gates together.

Bacon, in gratitude,
begins to sketch
(starts of course
with the forelock
and mustache)

Hitler, failed, beams
scans the horizon
for suitable architecture
wonders if Bacon
will let Hitler
paint his portrait

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