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0 posted 2000-06-23 10:46 PM

                Far off in the distance, I hear a tolling bell,
                I walk along in cadence, encaptured in its spell,
                I am just a traveller, passing by this way,
                When I top that final hill, on cold December day.

                A biting wind comes out the north, soon will its teeth spit snow,
                An icy chill runs down my spine, as gaze on scene below,
                Three people stand beside a grave, wood coffin lays inside,
                Behind white church with tolling bell, a cold day to have died.

                I think perhaps inside the church, some warmth that I will find,
                So I walk towards the three, to ask if they would mind,
                They stand in total silence, no sorrow can I see,
                As I approach, three turn away, no word they say to me.

                The bell is tolling louder now, as I stand alone,
                Gazing down on open grave, beside a blank tombstone,
                I look aound for mourners, no longer see the three,
                Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the Holy Trinity.

                Leafless trees above hang low, o'er deep and silent grave,
                Winter is descending, soon will the land enslave,
                Dark skies above foreboding, not yet a snowflake shed,
                In grip of icy tenacle, feel touch of recent dead.

                Soul's despair of haunting sorrow, hangs from the lifeless trees,
                Clouds of terror reaching out, bell's tolling death decrees,
                With mournful soul and somber limbs, am touched by lifeless breath,
                At frozen grave stand face to face, with unrelenting death.

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

© Copyright 2000 Mike - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 2000-06-23 10:49 PM

Mike, it's as if E.A. Poe himself came to life and guided your hand....and that's the greatest compliment I can give anyone. Excellent writing......
Janet Marie
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2 posted 2000-06-23 10:55 PM

I am awestruck by this poem
the imagery is bone chilling
the rhyme is perfect ...
hauntngly beautiful

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3 posted 2000-06-23 11:10 PM

Wow !
What a wonderfully presented tale.
You amaze me with your versatility.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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4 posted 2000-06-24 12:47 PM

ALRIGHT!!!!!!  Way to go, Mike...this is a wonderful poem!
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Member Rara Avis
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5 posted 2000-06-24 12:58 PM

Yet again you make me glad I can read. I love your poetry.

Mike (ii)

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Hurricane Alley
6 posted 2000-06-24 01:18 AM

I know when I read your work, I won't be disappointed...and I'm not. Excellent!
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7 posted 2000-06-24 07:25 AM

awesome poem very well written
I feel like i can hear the bells toll

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

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The Hague, The Netherlands
8 posted 2000-06-24 06:37 PM

Mike ! Uitmuntend ! (Now go and ask your friend what that means hehe )
X Angel
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9 posted 2000-06-24 07:50 PM

I *shiver* to have read this Mike. Incredible writing, and I have to go along with 'Deer in saying "POE"....I love EAP!


Member Seraphic
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10 posted 2000-06-24 08:39 PM

This is definitely one of your best and one of my favorites!  


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11 posted 2000-06-25 02:01 PM

Yessir, this is a great one.
Christopher J
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12 posted 2000-06-25 07:53 PM

Yes, this definately has my vote!  I think we are all travellers and i think and hope that God hears my prayers, such a sad ending!
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13 posted 2000-06-27 11:36 PM

Thank you all ever so much for your exceedingly gracious and generous comments.
Glad you all enjoyed and now I have to go call my Dutch friend and see what Munda said... *smile*

Member Rara Avis
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14 posted 2000-06-28 02:39 AM

Simply stunning, Mike.

Flawless rhythm - it immersed me...


Member Rara Avis
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15 posted 2000-07-20 12:31 PM

Check 4th stanza, 3rd line.

This was an excellent poem! I give you my applause!

Member Patricius
since 2000-05-14
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New Brunswick Canada
16 posted 2000-07-20 03:53 AM

Mike, what a view you have presented here, on the outside looking in and then the grave reality (no pun intended) of facing death. The fear of the unknown so well expressed.... I got to vote this one in....
Not A Poet
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17 posted 2000-07-20 09:40 AM

Excellent Mike, gives me an eerie feeling.


Heather Miller
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Bryan, Ohio USA
18 posted 2000-07-20 12:20 PM

moving writting.

With God all things are possible.

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19 posted 2000-07-26 10:52 AM

A story woven into and from out of the darkness of one's mind...I've always loved this one.

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

Member Seraphic
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20 posted 2000-08-06 08:48 PM

Another wonderful poem that I wish I could vote for again!


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