Anthony Di'anno

(North Yorkshire)

Dear John


John, would I were a crevice in your heart,
That held a bright cinder lost in the night,
I would warm you through and ne'er depart,
Mind your fevered brow through each tortured fight,

Fetch all that your condition's needs would ask,
And also fetch the things you needed more,
I would be equal to every task,
Let you trespass my thirsty human shore,

For I would abandon respectable,
And be a fool at my love's own behest,
So when they drummed and tolled your sad death knell,
I had met each and every request,

Your whispers linger, tender taken breath,

Your Bright Star ever, lures swoons to their death.

Submitted: Saturday, February 08, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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It's a tribute to John Keats.

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  • Daniel Brick (4/11/2014 7:09:00 AM)

    This is simply wonderful. and necessary. You obviously have a high regard for Keats not just as a poet but also as a man. He suffered so grievously, especially towards the end which you focus on, and being a medical student, he had no illusions about his fate. My first favorite among the English Romantics was Shelley, which led to my homage to Shelley which I recently thoroughly revised and posted. But in the past fifteen years it has been Keats that speaks most poignantly to me. I clicked this poem to my collection so I can check it again when I'm reading Keats which I do frequently. We who revere Keats keep him alive. He didn't die at 26, he's still alive and grows younger every spring! (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (2/23/2014 12:39:00 PM)

    Your sonnets are lovely and i hope you will stick to them. Your imagery is deep and wide.
    A splendid write-10 (Report) Reply

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