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Bells (after Poe)

The lightly touching tinkling bells,
Shimm'ring, babbling, laughing in the breeze,
The ever-merry tapping bells,
Who now has these?

Low, slow, iron bells;
Deep, still, lead bells.
Bells.  Bells.  Bells.

All gladly-sounding glowing golden-bells,
Lilting, lighter, brighter yellow bells,
Mightier-yellow even whiter bells!
Ivory-keyed I-concerto-bells!
Striding proudly in the breeze
I have these!

The bells of thoughts serenely dear,
Planning, looking, finding---here!
The hand that reaches for the loved bell's face,
Then touches, almost, the perfect place.

Low, slow, iron bells;
Deep, still, lead bells;
Bells, bells, bells.
Bells.  Bells.  Bells.

All terrible-sad mad rebellious bells,
Brazed, swinging-fast Goliath bells,
Stronger, harder-hearted mountain bells,
Caught!  Smelted!  Recast!

Now joyous-sounding royal-loyal-bells,
Silver-lovely radiant treasure-bells,
Sure-as-morning's darling pleasure-bells,
Sledging! steady! ready! wedding -bells!  Bells!
All happy in the breeze,
We have these!

High, soft, snapdragon bells;
Kissed, whisp'ring, thoughful body-bells,

Copyright © | Year Posted 2008

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Date: 1/6/2010 3:24:00 PM
Hi Brian, Just found this under Debbie's favorite poems. It is now being added to my list of favorite poems. I love it! Lainie
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Date: 12/10/2008 5:55:00 PM
Wow! This is a winner..I enjoyed it very much. Body-bells? Oooooh. BG
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Date: 12/10/2008 12:48:00 PM
wonderful, meant to be read over and many lovely levels of meaning!
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Date: 12/10/2008 12:32:00 PM
Hello Brian... I think this is a terrific piece of writing.. brilliantly conceived and executed... I take my hat off to you Sir !
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