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Louie Skipper: How did John Keats breathe

How did John Keats breathe

a nightingale’s song surrendering to human fear,

to death and words that remain among us,

always only this moment turning loose before flying away?


Where is the bronze statue to the drunk

who shared a cell

in the Concord jail with Thoreau,

that singular anonymous essential man

snoring like a midwife the night

An Essay On Civil Disobedience was born?


Is there a bumblebee too fat to learn to fly?

Copyright 2018 Louie Skipper. From The Work Ethic of the Common Fly (Settlement House, 2018)


Louie Skipper is an Episcopalian priest and college chaplain in Montgomery, Alabama.

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