Ring the Bell – A Poem by J H Martin


“How those monks
Carry on about the mind”

Says the red cap
Weathered face

Just back in
From a tour of
Distant stolen temples

“I mean


What madness makes them
Toll that blasted bell

Morning noon and night?

It’s nothing but madness
I tell you


Shaking his head
The man looks out of
The train window

As the people packed
Onto the long platform

Push and barge past one another

To get aboard
Fast and first

Before the whistle blows


© J H Martin

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Ring the Bell is taken from Spring Wanderings, a collection of poems by J H Martin, which was published in China by Rivers & Lakes Press, in 2009.

The poem was also featured in the literary magazine, Markings.