This blog is dedicated to all things simple, old, serene, classical, and romantic. It is an attempt to recapture the simplicity of days gone by, when happiness could be found in simply lying in the grass and writing poetry. In honor of the years that came before us, and in hope of reclaiming a bit of their simplicity, I dedicate "That We Were Butterflies." WELCOME!


"Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music - do I wake or sleep?"
~ John Keats

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sonnet To My Soulmate - Sonnet No.9

For Mike
Dear skin and hands and all things sweet and pure
containing legends deep within the bone,
and holding old romance in their allure
pull me in dreams of you and me alone –

Alone in white rooms, fantasized by me;
alone in orphaned gardens, saved by you;
alone in white-washed castles by the sea;
alone in meadows pale and soaked in dew.

The beauty of your life is intricate
although you may not see its rambling grace;
you’re made of candlelight and fires lit
to warm the pallid shadows on my face.

My spirit flies to you and now I’m whole,
and sweetly, gently, I embrace your soul.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Keats' House ~ London, England

Where An Angel Lived and Loved

Keats House

The John Keats House in London is the original home where John Keats, Charles Armitage Brown, and the Brawne Family lived. It is where John Keats wrote some of his most beloved poetry, including Ode to a Nightingale, as well as being the meeting place of John Keats and Fanny Brawne: lovers until Keats' death at age 25.

The house has been restored and now has museum status. Artists can apply for permission to paint in the gardens; there are weekly children's events, sonnet readings, and other gatherings in the gardens.

Of course, I wish dearly to visit the Keats House someday! Just browsing through the website made my eyes teary! The romance and beauty of all that was John Keats life and love is stored here ... who wouldn't want to visit? For more information, see:

A Stroll Through the Past:

The Entrance Knocker
Wellington Knocker, Keats House

The Chester Rooms, where Brown and Keats wrote poetry
Chester Rooms, Keats House
BRIGHT STAR, Written to the Left of a Shakespeare Sonnet
Bright Star
The Brawne Rooms
Brawne Rooms
John Keats' Parlour
John Keats Parlour - Keats House
Fanny Brawne's Room
Fanny's Room, Keats' House
John Keats' Room
John Keats' Room, Keats' House
The Gardens in Springtime
Garden, Keats House
Memorial Plaque
Keats House