Lonely Bell


Lonely Bell

I am flawed
in every aspect.
If there were a law about me
it would be Murphy’s.
If there were an aspic,
it would not
have properly gelled.

The bell tolls for me
only in the sense
that it wrings from me
some price.

But here’s what’s nice–

Someone with wings,
someone unlike me, unwrung,
might not listen to the bell,

and the bell wheresoe’re it tolls
(and it is “‘ere”) wants
to be listened to, wants
a following whom,
or hum–
that lonely bell,
you know,
that one–


Drafty poem for Real Toads Open Platform, hosted by Kerry O’Connor.  

I’ve been publicizing it for a bit, but if you haven’t heard I’ve got a new book out called DOGSPELL or Sally & Seemore & the Meaning of Mushki is out!  It is achildren’s novel, written (with some help from my dear departed Pearl) and much illustrated by me.  Great for any dog lover. Available on Amazon.  When at Amazon, check out my other books!  1 Mississippi, Going on Somewhere, Nose Dive, and Nice.  


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9 Comments on “Lonely Bell”

  1. I think we need that bell, we need to listen to it in decent measures.. I do not think anyone is free from flaws… and the ones that think they do have more problems.

  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    I love your bell poem. It moves beautifully.

  3. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    People, like bells, wish to be heard.

  4. Marian Says:

    Interesting. “Lonely Bell” sounds like a name to me, like Annabelle or Marybeth or something. Brings a female personification to this that I really like. And it goes with Dogspell. So, perfect!

  5. piano warm Says:

    I love this … especially “wants a following whom” and “If there were a law about me it would be Murphy’s.”

  6. Jim Says:

    One lonely bell, indeed. I like your word play on ring, wring. Many of us think the bell tolls for us, most times it calls to come or tells impending events. Some tell of sadness.
    Our daughter was three when we spent a few days in Dubrovnik. There were many chapels with bells, she classified them as “one bell churches,’ ‘two bell churches,’ or ‘three bell churches.’

  7. I have been listening to the bells of others and have become angry by their tunes. I am trying so hard to not play my own sour notes.

  8. hedgewitch Says:

    Toll is a wonderful word here, as the sense of a heavy price exacted hovers line by line–but for what? Personhood, freedom, or simply the (here uncaptured) joy that comes from ringing out one’s flawed music and not caring who hears. Hope all is well with you.

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