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Tolling of the Bell

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Tim
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0 posted 08-12-99 05:55 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Tim

Far off in the distance, I heard a tolling bell,
I walked along in cadence, encaptured in its spell,
I was just a traveller, passing by this way,
When I topped that final hill, on cold December day.

A biting wind came out the north, from forth its teeth spit snow,
An icy chill ran down my spine, as gazed on scene below,
Three people stood beside a grave, wood coffin lay inside,
Behind white church with tolling bell, a cold day to have died.

I thought perhaps inside the church, some warmth that I would find,
So I walked down towards the three, to ask if they would mind,
They stood in total silence, no sorrow I could see,
As I approached, three turned away, no word they said to me.

The bell was tolling louder now, as I stood alone,
Gazing down on open grave, beside a blank tombstone,
I looked around for mourners, no longer saw the three,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the Holy Trinity.

From the church's steeple, the bell tolled louder yet,
Within my mind a madness, the tolling had beset,
Do you hear the tolling, the tolling of the bell?
O' God, please stop the tolling, I hear my own death knell.



[This message has been edited by Tim (edited 08-12-99).]
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elvira
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1 posted 08-12-99 06:03 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

thank you for those shivers down my spine...marvelously done
Craig
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2 posted 08-12-99 06:25 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig


Another well written piece, from a fine Poet.
Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 08-12-99 06:34 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Enjoyed the read. Well done.
thursdayschild
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4 posted 08-12-99 09:49 PM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

Wow! Very impressive and insightful. Thanks
Tim, great work!
Severn
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5 posted 08-12-99 09:59 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

ooohhh, spooky! Great read. Sombre mixed with a ghostly tale - it's a good mix.
Tim
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6 posted 08-14-99 09:28 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

Thank you for you kind comments.
My Edgar Allan Poe effort of the week.
Toerag
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7 posted 08-14-99 09:44 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Tim....very well done...could almost hear/feel the bells.....
Poet deVine
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8 posted 08-14-99 10:33 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Very eerie! A good poem. I certainly will not follow any of those bell sounds again!
Nan
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That's it!!! I'm retiring as your personal coach..... I'm taking lessons from you now.... Geesh........
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10 posted 06-10-2007 07:06 PM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

Wow!
Is that an intelligent response?
Wow.
Artic Wind
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Enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
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