The Church Bells

2 thoughts on “The Church Bells”

  1. A lovely piece, Chris.

    This seems the most deliberately sonorous of your poems that I’ve read,, and reads much faster than the others too (yet still meditative in its effect.). The prose poem structure works nicely to achieve both of these aims.

    I was particularly struck by the section with moon imagery. I’d never thought of the moon as “clanging”, but that really works; The contrast of bright moon and dark sky suggests similar sonic contrasts. I can imagine the lunar cycles seen as though speeding by, with the sweeping shadow across its face reminiscent of the underside of a tolling bell (albeit a spinning bell, not a swinging one.) The poem also reminded me of times when I noticed that sounds seemed to travel differently through nighttime air.

    I think that the final sentence nicely adds brakes to the sliding momentum of this poem. A sudden shift into flight or possibly into collapse; A moment of uncertain weightlessness. Ringing ears.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing!


  2. Nice work Chris. I love the opening 14 words as I felt fully immersed from the beginning of the prose poem. Thanks for sharing. It’s always wonderful to read your writings whether they’re emails, poems, prose or meditations.


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