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Inaugural 2010 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine: NHS 2nd Prize

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The Corridor

The staff nurse pauses here

to run a finger down her list. The small man

on the mop machine sweeps by, humming,

in his wet-circling world. Large carts

jammed with bowls and overflowing boxes

of rubber gloves pile up next to the lifts.

The walls are cream, then mist grey,

then …

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