Wednesday, February 17, 2010

the bell

silent,
the black bell stands,
resolute in its watch,
behind the house,
atop the hill,
casting shadows,
pull rope twisting
in the breeze.

silent,
we pause,
in the crinkly grass,
beside it, watching
the golden sun
recede slowly,
across the valley
into night.

silent,
he listens
for the sweet toll,
to call him home,
across the fields,
to dinner
one last time.

silent,
i yearn
to pull the
weathered cotton cord
to ease his mind.

For more takes on this theme, go to Theme Thursday.

Today we also ring the bell for Barry , who will be ringing the bell at the end of his final chemotherapy. Listen for the clang-a-rang of celebration at 2pm Thursday.



Also, thanks to jingle for the wonderful Poet's Rally Award. I nominate Yousei Hime.

114 comments:

ModernMom said...

You really are talented! I could "see" that one:)

Betsy said...

Nice poem!

Congrats on the award!

Ring, Ring for Barry and all the cancer warriors!

Jasmine said...

A beautiful poem brian. i hope your friends treatment is successful :)

Monkey Man said...

Very nice. I will have to look into this Theme Thursday, but isn't it Wednesday? Congrats to Barry. I remember my last chemo. I hope it will truly be my last.

Mighty M said...

Congrats to Barry, I hope he is ringing bells for many more years to come! Great theme!

Tom said...

I knew once you started writing poetry you'd never quit...just keeps getting better.

The Retired One said...

Wonderful!
My friend had her last chemo today and will have her last radiation treatment on Friday at Mayo's...where they have a big brass bell to ring after your last radiation treatment, too....!!!
Such a triumph!

nanny said...

Ring that bell Barry.....hallelujah!!!!

Bernie said...

This is great Brian, and seems to fall right in line with ringing our bells for Barry, congratulations on a well deserved award......:-) Hugs

Magpie said...

A beautiful piece and much health and happiness to Barry!!!

JeffScape said...

Very nice. As you've probably noticed, I tend to prefer free-form poetry, but there's a subtly chaotic rhythm to this that rings true (no pun intended).

the walking man said...

Fill the silence Brian. The bell will ring tomorrow at 2.

TechnoBabe said...

Great writing. Love the dinner bell. Brings people together.

Ronda Laveen said...

Sometimes, waiting can seem an eternity.

Yeah, for Barry!

THE BEATY said...

very very good stuff. This blogs awsome

Yousei Hime said...

Thank you so much, Brian. I'm honored. Thank goodness I have a week to consider the next honoree. February must be the month for awards. They are flying like snowflakes. Thanks again.

Susan said...

I wish I could master poetry like you do. Every piece is treat upon treat. Reading what you produce enriches my imagination. I think I'll try this this week...maybe. :)

CatLadyLarew said...

Sending healing thoughts to Barry. Wonderful poem!

slommler said...

I too hope the treatment is successful for Barry! Well written Brian!
Hugs
SueAnn
PS You are so talented Brian. Your words are treasures!!

Cabo said...

I enjoyed that very, very much bro.

Ariel said...

Bells and ringing go together but here you created a mood of silence with the 'bell' theme. It was beautiful.
All the best Barry.Many are here to remember you in their prayers.
Brian,thank you for your wishes.

lakeviewer said...

Ah, let's all ring a bell for Barry!

ishabelle said...

Brian, you are really goo at poetry... :) congrats on the award... you truly deserve it... :) here's to a lot more awards you'll surely receive... and to a lot more thursdays and a lot more poetry... :)

William Manson © 2010 said...

Hi Brian, well congratulations on the award, and also to yusemi what a a great recipient, loved your poem, as far as im concerned your best yet but they all are, have a greta day :)

Titanium said...

May all the bells toll loud and long for Barry.

Come visit me… I’ve got a hammer to give away, ‘cause god knows I can’t keep it for myself. I'd hurt myself with it.

Susan said...

I did it...come check it out :) http://inappropriatesue.blogspot.com/2010/02/theme-thursday-bell.html

The Silver Fox said...

Great poem, Brian. And congratulations on the award, as well!

Beth said...

Love this and love the cause! Yay for the end of chemo!

Wings said...

Nice, Brian. And good luck to your friend Barry. AND Congrats on the award. Well deserved!

kanishk said...

Great writing. Love the dinner bell. Brings people together.
antalya homes

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Dearest Brian,

Just like you , I will be joining you
for Theme Thursday and my well wishes
to Brian too.

I will do it once I get back from my workout. lol

Just thought to say CONGRATULATIONS
and such a wonderful poem.

I love the pictures you paint with words.

hugs
shakira

tori said...

I love this. I used to have a bell that I would ring for my 4 kids when they were small to call them home. Miss those days...

Terrace Crawford said...

Way to go, Brian.

Ring, Ring for Barry here. My mother is currently undergoing chemo treatments too. 3 down, 3 to go. Ring, Ring for her.

--Terrace Crawford
www.terracecrawford.com
www.twitter.com/terracecrawford

rxBambi said...

Ummm.. I need a remedial course. Why is it his last time?

even tho I don't understand it, it's still beautiful, but I think I should be getting more out of it.

And no, I've only had 1 glass of wine...

Daniel said...

I lived this one too. Chemo sucks and it's so good to get through it with another chance to move forward.

CottageGirl said...

Amen!

I love the poem about Ruth's Barry!!!!!!!!
I've got my cell phone all set to ring out for Barry!

Wonderful words ... I hope that he gets to read this!

jingle said...

so cool!
I love the poem matching the picture...

outstanding post!

cheers, ;)

Prayer Girl said...

You are such a prolific poet. You certainly deserve the perfect poet award you received. Congratulations.

I loved today's offering, "the bell".

PG

Devika said...

Beautiful poem, Brian...Congrats on the award! :)

wishes,
devika

jaymiethorne said...

Beautiful.

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Wonderful. And praying for Barry.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian:)

Three beautiful portraits you have breathtakingly painted.First the bell atop the hill,golden sun receeding across the valley, and the lonely man waiting for the bell to toll to go home.

I agree it would be a good idea to pull the rope and send the man home to his waiting family and hot food, rest and relaxation which he deserves. Life is very simple and uncomplicated for this man toiling in the fields. He doesn't go by the clock but the sound of the bell. A charming world of the past and I wonder whether such worlds exist to day.

I am thrilled to read about Barry's success and I pray for his good health.

Have a wonderful day Brian:)
Joseph

LadyFi said...

Love the minute detail of this poem. And hurray for the joyous bell ringing for your friend!

Captain Dumbass said...

Congrats to Barry.

Megan said...

Good one, Brian! Looking forward to catching up over here...

subby said...

Nice imagery all round, Brian :)

I'll be ringing along with Barry...

Marla said...

Thank you Brian, for the beautiful writing and leading me to Barry. I will be ringing our bell.

järnebrand said...

Beautiful. Your poems are wonderful, and your style is unique. Thank you for sharing your poetry with us. :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Three cheers and lots of bell ringing for Barry.

And as always, a wonderful post Brian.

jj

Kris said...

Ding ding!

Leah said...

...to call him home across the fields to dinner...

*surreptitiously wipes a tear*

faery of the wilds said...

nice Poem... and let the Bell ring loud for Barry...

Maggie May said...

Brilliant poem. Congrats on the award.

Nuts in May

Protege said...

Beautiful theme poem today, with a lovely sentiment attached.
xo
Zuzana

anthonynorth said...

You create a brilliant image here.

tony said...

Good Wishes To Barry. A Noble Poem Sir!

Shadow said...

you sure have eased my mind...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Let's hope the bell rings in celebration.

CJ xx

Sam!! said...

Lovely poetry..

Congrats for the award Brian..you deserve it dear.. :)

Best Regards,
Samrina

Alan Burnett said...

As usual, such a creative and memorable take on the theme.

sheila said...

Very nice! And yes, Ring it for Barry! How wonderful! (nice award too!)

Nessa said...

Good luck Barry!

Congratulations on your award, Brain. It is well deserved!

Bells are so powerful, even in their silence.

3WT & 13T

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Picturesque, indeed! -J

mouse (aka kimy) said...

beautiful! wonderful poetic ringing for barry!

Little Ms Blogger said...

Beautiful poem, but really congrats to Barry! I don't know him, but love hearing good news like this for anyone.

JStar said...

We await the sound of the bell for some relief...Marking an end...Then we prepare for the next big hill to climb...

willow said...

Beautiful piece. It could be written for my bell, as well. (oops, that rhymes...hehee)

Jill said...

I feel the urgent need to OWN a dinner bell...so wanting my kiddos to have sweet memories of such things. Dinner bells do not have to be a thing of the past.

Great award Brian.

Suldog said...

***RING***

That's a hopeful ring for Barry. I'll add a prayer to the general well-wishes.

Anonymous said...

A perfect poem! Thank you for sharing.
Ray

Jessie said...

congrats on the much deserved award! your words always paint such vivid pictures with dolby sound.

thank you for commenting on my last post -- i'm glad you enjoyed it.

warms smiles,

Rebecca said...

What a wonderful visually ( and emotionally) stirring poem!

Counting down until 2!

darsden said...

Beautiful Brian, Praise the Lord for Barry. Ring That Bell Loud and Clear AWESOME

tut-tut said...

Beautiful; a silent bell.

Dreamhaven said...

We will ring, ring ring that bell.
Great poetry.

Mama Zen said...

This is lovely and soothing.

Mr. Stupid said...

That was wonderful. Nice poem. You deserved the award. Congrats!
Have a nice day!:)

She Writes said...

Brian, that is awesome to hear about your friend completeing chemothrapy.

Lou said...

I was happy to get to Barry's site in time today. How inspiring to read of his fight against cancer.
Thank you, Brian!

Nanc Twop said...

You have a way with words, good one!

Brian Miller said...

bambi and a few others caught the line on it being his last time...the poem was originally inspired on spending time with a relative as they grow older...the sun fading across the landscape and pulling the bell being the desire to see them go gracefully.

barry on the other hand, we want to see around for a long time to come!

Poetikat said...

The last verse is so filled with emotion! I love it!

Well done on the award, Brian! I've linked up with Jingle, but haven't had the opportunity to follow through.

Kat

Goofball said...

Ahh some celebrations just need to have bells to be pulled. How could Easter be Easter without all the bell towers ringing in the morning to celebrate? How can a wedding be festive without bells?
how can a funeral be solemn & gratefull without the deep voices of the bigger bells? How can we enjoy the summer sun on a medieval square without the belfry tower's singing?

I love bells

Ring ring for Barry!!

Meeko Fabulous said...

It's almost haunting. Congrats to Barry! :)

LadyCat said...

I enjoyed this very much!
Ringing for Barry today : )

jingle said...

excited to hear the bell ring,

wow,

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/the-spot-light-award-and-more/

enjoy the ride!
smiles.

jingle said...

the world is better place because of someone such as you...

way to go!

e said...

Always a pleasure to visit and read here, Brian. A well-deserved award.

Mrsupole said...

Hi Brian,

That was a great poem and it was very visual in the mind.

I will be ringing my bell for Barry today too. I wonder what the world will think when they hear so many bells ringing today.

God bless.

Lauren Michelle said...

This was stunning and very touching. Your imagery was superb.

Baino said...

Very nice as usual Brian . . 2pm Thursday is 6am Friday morning here . . .about 3 minutes to go as I write!

Baino said...

Well that would be right about now (6am Friday morning if Blogger allows me to comment!)

Brian Miller said...

clang a rang! clang a rang! (it's 2 pm)

subby said...

Brian, I'll have to do this again and record it! My improv bell is amazing! To Barry :)

buffalodick said...

I spent yesterday afternoon with my best friend, who has cancer..I heard a different bell than you.

Grand Pooba said...

Just pull it!

sam silva said...

leave taking is sad, yet there is something inevitable in it too, you have brought that out well.

A poet here has termed it as:

“Making unseen
Those we go on seeing”

Good poem!

Otter Thomas said...

Great poem. Congrats to Barry. Ring it proud.

Angie Muresan said...

Best wishes for Barry. Cancer sucks! Been there with my mom and best friend.
Beautiful poem. Reminds me of being in a field, gathering the cows to take them home. Something I have never done.

blueviolet said...

I saw that picture in my mind and I thought about Barry today.

Bonnie said...

Wow! I popped over via Daily Moe and simply loved that poem. I clicked to make a comment & 100 comments already! I am 101...

Bells. Bells. Bells. The first bell I fell in love with was that at Altgeld Hall at the University of Illinois, Urbana. I've written many-a-poem 'bout bells - yours rings very true.

Beautiful.

Ms Hen said...

(hugs) nice poem. very nice.

Skip Simpson said...

The bells rang in Alabama at 2!

otin said...

My dinner bell was my mother yelling out the back door at the top of her lungs! LOL!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Congrats on your award. You definitely deserve it!

Smiles!

Barry said...

Thank you Brian. I am completely overwhelmed by the support I've been receiving.

And humbled.

laurenmichelleotheim said...

I nominated you for a Sunshine Award!
http://laurenmichelleotheim.wordpress.com/category/poetry/

Michele said...

Wow, I loved this. I felt like I was actually there!

gayle said...

I could so see this one!!

Tammy said...

Love the use of silent in a poem written about a bell. Great imagery.

secret agent woman said...

This brings back nice memories of my grandmother ringing the bell to call us all in for dinner.

CherylK said...

This sent shivers up my spine and I could hear the silence. Fingers crossed for all good things for your friend.

lettuce said...

i like the crinkly grass

swapnap said...

Such a beauty this is to read...i listen to the sweet tolls too.