Spotlight Poetry – I Had a Dove – A Poem by John Keats

The image depicts a painting titled Lonesome Dove by the artist Greg Farrugia. The work is a vibrant realistic bird painting of a lone white dove perched on a spring pink blossom twig. The image supports the poem I Had a Dove written by John Keats the poet.
© Greg Farrugia, Lonesome Dove, 2020

I Had a Dove by John Keats

I had a dove and the sweet dove died;
And I have thought it died of grieving.

O, what could it grieve for? Its feet were tied,
With a silken thread of my own hand’s weaving;
Sweet little red feet! why should you die –
Why should you leave me, sweet bird! why?

You lived alone in the forest-tree,
Why, pretty thing, could you not live with me?
I kissed you oft and gave you white peas;
Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?

Poem Attribution © John Keats, I Had a Dove

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Painting Attribution © Greg Farrugia, Lonesome Dove, 2020

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