Haiku: Bells & Ring

For Ronovan’s challenge.


Bells ring in my head

banishing the happy sound

of starlings squabbling.


In this weary dusk

day’s end brings the sound of bells

tolling not ringing.


With this ring, you said,

bring bell book and candle too

incense clouds judgement.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

8 thoughts on “Haiku: Bells & Ring”

  1. This distinctly gave me the feeling of being in Japan again. Made me very nostalgic, thinking of summer dusk on stone streets, wispy scent of incense in the air, the jovial bustle around the temple… Very beautiful!

  2. I found this very dark but very intriguing and evocative….might just be my mood right now into the weary dusk. In my interpretation the bell rings not for you but does toll for you. (The YOU i see as the us that is ALL of us)
    “Ring the Bell, Close the Book, Quench the Candle”

    1. I’d say you got that just about right. Christmas as a festival is fine for kids and is as good an excuse as any to have a good time. But if having a good time isn’t possible for whatever reason, the sight of organized, state institutionalized, mass market commercialized, forced jollification makes me wish I could hibernate.

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