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. 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

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  2. magicalmysticalteacher

    June 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Oh that annoying ringing! 😉

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  3. 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….

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  4. 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.

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  5. ayala zarfjian (@ayalazarfjian)

    June 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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

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  6. Beverly Crawford

    June 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

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

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ZQ

    June 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Thank You.


  8. mhatter99

    June 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Very entertaining sonnet.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jennifer Wagner

    June 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Nicely done, ZQ!

    Liked by 1 person


    June 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    It resonates beyond the ending.

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  11. 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

  12. Magaly Guerrero

    June 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

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

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  13. ZQ

    June 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm



  14. 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

  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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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  18. 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

  19. Jae Rose

    June 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    For whom the bell tolls 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  20. 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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  21. Myrna Rosa

    June 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

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

    Liked by 1 person

  22. 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…


  23. merrildsmith

    June 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Well-done sonnet. The bell tolls. . .

    Liked by 1 person


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