In the Death Mask of John Keats

The Keats-Shelley House, Rome

Piazza di Spagna, 26, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

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In the death mask of John Keats

there appears a resigned peace,

as if poetry had finally let him rest,

his last poem whispered in his last breath.

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Now I stand in his room beside the Spanish steps,

looking out at life from his room of death,

watching tourists walk by without a thought

that once, here, lay John Keats, poet.

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And I consider the fate of a nameless grave,

or worse, a life of wasted days,

but what a beautiful death if you can say

you did what you needed to do,

and said what you needed to say.

Author: Mark William Jackson

Mark William Jackson's work has appeared in various print and online journals, including Best Australian Poems 2011, Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Popshot (UK), Rabbit, Page Seventeen, SpeedPoets and The Diamond & the Thief. Mark's debut poetry collection "The Frequency of God" is available now through all major outlets, see https://markwmjackson.com/the-frequency-of-god-is-now-available/ for details.

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