After Keats by Katharine Macfarlane

Katharine Macfarlane’s lyrical poetry is rooted in the history and landscape of the west of Scotland. She is currently the Harpies, Fechters and Quines Slam Champion and the Four Cities Slam Champion 2016. Katharine has recently performed with the Loud Poets in Glasgow and at the Belladrum Festival in Inverness, and hosted her first solo show, Home Words, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her work has appeared in Untitled, The Grind, and The Write Angle.

Her poem After Keats was inspired by This living hand, now warm and capable.


After Keats


Go slowly, dear one, through this icy silence,

and take my hand.

Grasp this world—it is pretty today—

made new for us, red-life streaming, alive.

Look to the trees, and the white that falls amongst them,

see that forgotten part that lies beneath blood.

Breathe. Fill the air between us—

these clouds have no fear of silence or spaces.

And take my hand—see here it is—I hold it towards you.

Katharine can be reached via her Facebook page, Home Words. More of her work can be found here.