July 10, 2012

Hampstead Through a Window by Byron Beynon


Did young John Keats
dying of TB near the famous Heath
look out from such a perpendicular window
for his neighbour and love Miss Fanny Brawne?
Frustrated with ill-health
he recognised its symptoms,
the diagnosis of his poetry
scarred on those brittle lungs,
a mutability of passion and fear
his impatience for her
would soon sail away
to another, warmer shore,
her unopened letters
a transparency of impulses
lost and buried within him.


Byron Beynon lives in Wales. His work has appeared in several publications including Red Poppy Review, Flutter Poetry Journal, Poetry Ireland, London Magazine, Agenda (UK) and The Wolf (UK). His most recent collection is Nocturne in Blue (Lapwing Publications).

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is very powerful. There is almost an implication that it was his artistic temperament that killed him.

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