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The Bell Tolls.......
by Karen Palumbo

Monday, December 21, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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            The Bell Tolls.....

With heavy heart now missing a beat,
and eyes swollen shut from tears.
Saying good-bye is never easy,
to a life known for many, many years.

The Bell Tolls.....

Remember Washington, Adams, Franklin,
and signers of our solemn Declaration.
Now being muddied, completely disregarded,
a pox on all for this abomination.

The Bell Tolls.....

A simple experiment never tried before,
completely erased by the click of a pen.
Now mankind herded like mere animals,
at the mercy of the new plantation den.

The Bell Tolls.....

The underlying cause of ridding King George,
was from the tyranny imposed on us all.
Oh where are the leaders to step to the plate,
listen to our pleas, hear the distant call.

The Bell Tolls.....

Our once proud country slowly dies,
painfully tortured by one hundred strokes.
The air we breathe, the abode for cover,
a tax on exhale for all us folks.

The Bell Tolls.....

Doctors we see, medicine sanctioned,
not to worry the plantation will decide.
Too old, sick, not working, unproductive,
who is helped, who is pushed aside.

The Bell Tolls.....

Living a do not resuscitate lifestyle,
television viewing, no power, lights dim.
Internet czars, telephone czars,
scales in restaurants now food a whim.

The Bell Tolls.....

Supermarkets closing one at a time,
not enough for the populous to go around.
Cap and trade coming down the pike,
running what is left well below ground.

The Bell Tolls.....

What will you do, how will you explain,
you had it all and willingly gave away.
Circle your calendar, this day in history,
look to your children what you will say.

The Bell Tolls.....







Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography "NOT" by:
Robert Palumbo
12/21/2009 © All rights reserved



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Reviewed by kg cummings 1/21/2010
in a word... brilliant! this poem touches more than the surface of the problem, you've reached the core. Excellent work Karen, just excellent. Hugs, Kathy
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/15/2010
These are sobering thoughts indeed, Karen. I hope Sage is right in her perspective. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by John Domino 1/4/2010
True to the bone. Where has truth in history gone?
Reviewed by Carol Grace 1/2/2010
So well written, Karen. The bell indeed tolls, but perhaps freedom will still prevail. God willing...
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/28/2009
I love when you teach and rhyme, Karen. It feels epic. Well done!
Reviewed by Susan Smith 12/24/2009
Well said in verse. It expresses many of our feelings and observations.
As Thomas Jefferson said -
"The price of Freedom is eternal viligance."
Reviewed by Andy Turner 12/23/2009
America will over come. It will find the spine of its founding fathers. However, strength is born out of weakness.
The country needs to prize away the media's lies.

One very powerful penn. I'm just reading about one of your greatest, his diaries. Ronald Reagan. Some how he made everything seem positive, with that twinkle in his eye.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 12/23/2009
The camel's back is straining mightily. Patrick
Reviewed by john salmon 12/23/2009
We may be witnessing the final confrontation between good and evil, wonderful write.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 12/23/2009
That was profound Karen. Well done. Enjoyed it very much. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Jon Willey 12/23/2009
Karen, a profound statement of our nation's spiral into socialism at the hands of the politicos -- too noble, many freedom loving, democratically minded citizens still exist to permit this thing to carry on for too much longer -- elections have a way of ridding the government of those that would intentionally do its citizens harm -- "the rule of law", liberty and justice for all will return to this America that we so dearly love -- we, you and I, and all of the other patriotic citizens are the modern guard of Washington's, Adams et al -- may peace love and justice overwhelm our great nation -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/23/2009
POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/22/2009
The Bell Tolls chronicles our country's status...every century has had a reformative period, some for the good, some bad. History does repeat's a world cycle...a good side to it is there are some things on the rebound, some just don't know it yet...and always a point to remember here...most people in today's society live way beyond their means...simplicity is really finding its way back, Karen...I want to wish you a very Happy Holiday season...Blessed Be.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/22/2009
Brilliant. Liz
Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/22/2009
A palpable write indeed.
History being made and repeated.
The planet is having birth pangs.
Happy Holidays!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/22/2009
I am a pessimist at heart, Karen, but I cannot believe there is not enough "people" in this once great country who will not rise up and smite the Beast.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 12/22/2009
All we can do is pray Karen.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/22/2009
And the future holds little promise. So, so sad.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 12/22/2009
Yes Karen, we are slowly losing our rights and our liberties. We are not progressing but regressing....So what are we suppose to do, throw away the bell?????
Great stuff here, and I can feel your passion.
Much peace, love, and light and blessings during this holiday season!
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/22/2009
Karen, this is profoundly deep but rings all too clearly as the truth of not just your country but of mine (Canada) as well. For those who study history, read history or even watch current events all the criteria for a major upheaval are moving into place. Ironically as we do look back at history perhaps that is just what it will take...a group of men such as our ancestors and another civil war to rebuild a country on it's way downhill. I hope not for the loss of life seldom justifies that extreme.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/21/2009

You know how I feel about this -

From my poem, 'Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid' (c) 2009

Government by, for the people --
not when they go ahead, do what
they were planning anydamnway.
(They won't know. Or care.) We don't need
their approval: got it when they
voted us in. .... they will obey
like the slaves they are. They have no
choice. .... We know what's best.
We're the government. We're their friends.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?!? God help us.

Powerfully penned dirge for the death of Liberty. And freedom is next to go!!!!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 12/21/2009
A most excellent piece of work Karen. Yes, they're moving fast with their agenda. But it ain't over till it's over. This will end badly...for them! Do not be afraid. Do not cower. Dare to make your voice heard. It takes only one candle to bring darkness to light.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 12/21/2009
Thought provoking writing. Expertly written by you, Karen,

Reviewed by Inspire Hope 12/21/2009
This is a very powerful write Karen "The Bell Tolls"
Written with excellence very somber indeed!
May the blessings and joy of Christmas be yours and
Robert's! Yes Karen your entire family Merry Christmas!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/21/2009
God help us all!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 12/21/2009
somber reflections upon a somber advent...

blessings to you and yours this Christmas season, Karen.

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 12/21/2009
"The Bell Tolls......."...and it echoes of a grimly reaper
the chill of emptyness surrounds
within the stillness & "The Bell Tolls......."
Peace, Love & Blessings Karen
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 12/21/2009
Most Excellently Done,i.e. Pay No Attention To A D Misfits Who Have Got Get Last Word In...

I Always Wrote/Write: I TRASK Have Last Laugh And Indeed You Will Enjoy It With Me As My Little Children Hug You To Heaven...

Your Friend,TRASK
Reviewed by Bennett Kremen 12/21/2009
A decline and fall--that's nothing new in history. But it does hurt to see it happening here.

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