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.

Steps, Montmartre – Friday, 11 December 2015 08:23

Steps, Montmartre – Friday, 11 December 2015 08:04

Taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Gower Street, London – Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 08:05

Gower Street, London – Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 08:05

Taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Edinburgh’s Christmas – Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 16:07

Edinburgh’s Christmas (Google Street View)

Wednesday, 2nd December 2015, 16:07

Taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Coffee & Cigarettes at Caffè Audace, Trieste, Sunday, 10 February 2013 08:15

Coffee & Cigarettes at Caffè Audace, Trieste, Sunday, 10 February 2013 08:15

Taken with a Samsung Galaxy S3

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