moments with Keats

tread soft round mossy trees
where apples sweeten and hazels swell
walk a field fumed with poppies
and hear swallows over say farewell

on a peak between two spreads
turn from grey Atlantic’s fathomed heart
and face the cryptic blue Pacific
we’ve yet to delve and chart

be still and listen to sweet music
on Attic vase simple strung
and don’t regret the lovers never kiss
they are perfected and forever young

raise a glass full of the warm south
the night is tender and the moon is grand
we’ll drink to Beauty Truth and Love
and Peace to touch us with a magic hand

46 thoughts on “moments with Keats

  1. This contains a very peaceful charm, John, and I understand your title’s reference. Perhaps it is time for us all to find a wuiet moment of reflection.
    Hope you are keeping well.

  2. Lovely ! i like Keats and some time ago I picked up an old book of his poems. I think he is my favourite of the poets, besides you of course. Great work Thank you for sharing.

  3. This is so lovely and so perfect, John!

    “be still and listen to sweet music
    on Attic vase simple strung
    and don’t regret the lovers never kiss
    they are perfected and forever young”

    Yes yes yes!

  4. This is fabulous, John, and I love Keats. In fact, one of his books resides comfortably on my coffee table. 🙂 “Walk a field fumed with poppies” is such a gorgeous vision. Just lovely! ❤

  5. Brother John – Enjoyed “moments with Keats.” He’s my favorite of the Romantic Poets. Loved the references to his poems both in subject and sound. The closing stanza is exquisite:

    raise a glass full of the warm south
    the night is tender and the moon is grand
    we’ll drink to Beauty Truth and Love
    and Peace to touch us with a magic hand

    Here’s to you, Brother John.

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