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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Blood Ebbing, Brother

Would have begged or borrowed, a miraculous cure.

Whose tremulous lips with his smile be replete?

Breath-bursting beats if could only secure.


Most fruitful treatment had tried to procure.

Who in his caring cave can now retreat?

Would have begged or borrowed, a miraculous cure.


Why long-drawn agony obliged to endure?

Who’ll appreciate now calm ear discreet?

Breath-bursting beats if could only secure.


Would memory be buried in poor corner obscure?

For his warm affections who’ll now compete?

Would have begged or borrowed, a miraculous cure.


To honour drops of selenite, his pain pure,

Sweet liquorish, on his birthday who’ll now eat?

Breath-bursting beats if could only secure.


His gasps, globe’s goodwill couldn’t ensure.

Who’ll sketch his likeness on a long blank sheet?

Would have begged or borrowed, a miraculous cure.

Breath-bursting beats if could only secure.

                            --ῷIIῷ--

© Sultana Raza

Gift of Time launched to target social isolation during festive season

Excess winter deaths in England and Wales highest since 1976

Note: John Keats went on a Scottish Tour in June 1818, leaving his brother Tom, who was very sick behind in London. Prof. Richard Cronin touched upon John Keats’s guilt at leaving Tom behind at the Keats Foundation Conference in May 2018 in London. Though Keats nursed him well, Tom Keats died of TB on the 1st of December 1818.

Sultana Raza’s poems and short stories have appeared in 30+ journals, including Columbia Journal, and Caduceus. Her fiction received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train. She’s presented many papers on Keats.


2 comments:

  1. The beauty of poetry is it can encapsulate social issues so well.

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  2. The beauty of poetry is it can encapsulate social issues so well.

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