At Keats House, Hampstead
They've made two
houses into one,
moved the staircase where the poet
once climbed to his small room.
The door he staggered through
after the chilling coach ride from London
is now in front.
Even the nightingales are gone.
is the mulberry tree,
low-lying, far-spreading, two centuries old.
For him--only a bush in the garden
where Fanny waved while he lay ill
in the front parlour.
the most succulent fruit,
over my hands,
staining my fingers
my palms, like ink