Question: How was your day?
Answer: Not bad, if this is the way it ends.
In 1816, although only five miles from the madding crowds (Thomas Hardy, not Keats) of London, Hampstead was enough of a quiet village for John Keats (1795-1821) to pen these lines:
“To one who has been long in city pent,
‘Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of Heaven.”
Keats, 21 years of age when he wrote these lines, had five years to live. He moved to Hampstead and wrote much of his best poetry.
My response to Keats:
To one who wants to look
Down a quiet lane or stroll,
By a nearby pond at evening time
Beauty can be found
Within a soul at peace