Saturday, 22 January 2011

Mulberry by Andrea Potos

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.

What remains
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.

It yields
the most succulent fruit,
juice dripping
over my hands,
staining my fingers
my palms, like ink
like deep,
red remembrance.

Andrea Potos


Crafty Green Poet said...

Andrea says: 'My poems appear widely online and in print journals, and am the author of three poetry collections: Abundance to Share With the Birds (Finishing Line Press, 2010), Yaya's Cloth (Iris Press, 2007), and The Perfect Day (Parallel Press, 1998).'

Gordon Mason said...

Wonderful poem: the "succulent fruit" of Keats' poems and the ancient events work well together.

my delayed reactions said...

Lovely observational detail and poignancy.

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