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Peal of a Bell

"Ring the bells that still can ring  Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in"
                                                             Leonard Cohen

No sweet sound is ever heard
in the pealing of a broken bell
or when darkness weaves through 
the mist to cast a mystical spell


Nothing in life is granted freely
All things have a tariff price
The devil demands too much
With evil wiles he will entice


Life is covered in stains and flaws
Tatters and crevices abound
Where there is a modicum of light,
darkness will always be found


Hold the clapper in your hand
Let it sound from lip to lip
Be heard before death arrives
sailing the night on a ghost ship

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 6/6/2018 4:47:00 PM
I like the tiny chink of light shining through the dark imperfection here Lin (at least, I see one anyway.) Inspired writing.
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Lin Lane
Date: 6/6/2018 8:22:00 PM
There's always a glimmer. Thanks, Nina.
Date: 6/6/2018 12:37:00 PM
I wonder how many poems and songs Leonard has inspired? Well done Lin...
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Lin Lane
Date: 6/6/2018 8:20:00 PM
Thanks ever so much, Charlie.
Date: 6/6/2018 9:13:00 AM
There will always be darkness in the world because too many people give in to the devil's wiles. The silent majority needs to stand up and be heard. John
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Lin Lane
Date: 6/6/2018 10:27:00 AM
The Earth grows darker, but just for a while longer. Thank you, John.
Date: 6/6/2018 2:29:00 AM
How true, everything has a tariff price and we pay well, mans greed ensures that
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Date: 6/6/2018 10:26:00 AM
Greed is a terrible sin. It's true...what is said about the best things in life being free. Thanks, Tom.
Date: 6/5/2018 8:23:00 PM
I think even without the quote I would have found this piece beautifully dark and deep in a Cohen kind of way. Wonderful xomo
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Lin Lane
Date: 6/6/2018 10:25:00 AM
What a nice comment, Mo. Thank you. You read it the way it was meant to be understood. I look at quotes as if they were directed to me. It makes it more personal.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 6/5/2018 8:24:00 PM
I say that cuz of course for me he was narrating for you. <3
Date: 6/5/2018 7:14:00 PM
dark and deep and I love that final stanza Lin:-) hugs Jan xx
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Lin Lane
Date: 6/6/2018 10:24:00 AM
Thank you, Jan. I appreciate you for telling me what you particularly liked.
Date: 6/5/2018 6:25:00 PM
Just so lovely (and deep).
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Lin Lane
Date: 6/6/2018 10:24:00 AM
Thanks very much, Sun.