Times’ Bell (A Sonnet On Em7 Bass)

10 Jun

I listened to the bell ring at sunset

I hear the sound passing each day as death;

Knowing in the ‘morrow it will still ring,

Awakening me with yesterdays debt.


I yield to the monster of this day’s Light

With discipline. With matter. Not with fright!

The high notes settle silence with low notes

To kneel in sound whose vision has no sight.


Ah, but such is my luck! The damn thing rings

Morning, noon, and night. My life inspiring,

Regardless of my nature or my regrets.

They pale to my rise every morning.


Someday I shall be the first to wake it—

Or, bid good evening before sun’s exit.


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23 responses to “Times’ Bell (A Sonnet On Em7 Bass)

  1. merrildsmith

    June 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Well-done sonnet. The bell tolls. . .

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gillena Cox

    June 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Yes the bell will ring, so it best you listen as you carry on to meet the day’s challenges.
    Thanks for linking to my Sunday Standard this week

    much love…


  3. Myrna Rosa

    June 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love the idea of someday waking the bell. Lovely poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. annell4

    June 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I enjoyed reading about the ringing bell, and one day, if you set your alarm you will be the first….for me, I always love to hear the bells ring from the church in the village, as the sound floats over the mesa.

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  5. Jae Rose

    June 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    For whom the bell tolls 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)

    June 12, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I love that rising every morning.. for every day is a gift 🙂 Beautifully penned.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. 1sojournal

    June 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Years ago, I lived near bells that rung frequently with music that I could recognize. Now years later, and after reading your words, I have to wonder if I’d feel the same.


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  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    June 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    A bell like a knell? But you could turn it to rejoicing, festive…. What it summons you to is a new day of life.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sumana Roy

    June 11, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Time does force us to listen to its sound in a certain phase of our life. Okay, let it do what it pleases.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. thotpurge

    June 11, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Sombre… but a great connection between time and life and the tolling bell.. great read!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. ZQ

    June 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm



  12. Magaly Guerrero

    June 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I love the ending so much… and believe it, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Mary

    June 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    The bells ring on – no matter what. Perhaps there is a bit of comfort in that.

    Liked by 1 person


    June 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    It resonates beyond the ending.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Jennifer Wagner

    June 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Nicely done, ZQ!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. mhatter99

    June 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Very entertaining sonnet.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. ZQ

    June 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Thank You.


  18. Beverly Crawford

    June 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    For whom the bell tolls? A great read, my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. ayala zarfjian (@ayalazarfjian)

    June 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I agree with Sherry….rising every morning…keep doing it.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Sherry Marr

    June 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I love that rising every morning. Let’s keep doing it, as long as possible. Smiles.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. scotthastiepoet

    June 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    A testing and stretching write as always – much much that is truly telling and to ponder here. You have a unique voice, my friend….

    Liked by 1 person

  22. magicalmysticalteacher

    June 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Oh that annoying ringing! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Paul F. Lenzi

    June 11, 2017 at 1:01 am

    it seems we folks of a certain age develop a special relationship with time – nice work – I find the sonnet a most difficult form

    Liked by 1 person


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