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  The Bell of November
by Walt Hardester
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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One's mind wanders at sea, as if in a dream.

Sailing once again the freedom of the sea calls me,
We reached the outer marker,
Becalmed, time for lunch.

The only sound was the gentle lapping of the swells against the hull.
With seas appearing smooth as glass,
Not a sound called out to me.
Just then a bell atop the marker began it's toll.

I listened to it's deep rhythmic sound,
Every two seconds or so....Dong.
Calling out itís warning of impending shoals.
Time for sailors to pay attention,
Dangerous waters were now approaching.

It came to me suddenly this haunting sound could have two meanings,
Depending upon which way you're heading.
Returning from the depths a safe harbor awaits,
Sailors and fishermen at the end of their journey.

Then I felt this lonely toll to be a reminder,
To those headed away from a safe harbor.
As I listened I felt each toll could be,
Once for each sailor lost at sea.

Slowly the bell of November rang.
With a meaning for me to find,
But only here,..... in my own mind.

©2008 Walt Hardester†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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Reviewed by pat medlin 4/9/2012
i can't say anything more aptly then the others who praised this work of let it just be 'dittodoubleditto'

one day i'll find words strong enough or is it just adequate to put on paper our stranded nite on the the breakers....p
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/25/2011
WOW! Beautifully felt in my heart! Walt.
We fish near one and I feel stunned every time he gongs...
I can just see you mind running amok when ALONE and not feeling lonely! With the sea and its obscurities to keep you company!

Blessings and Hugs, SHEE
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 8/12/2010
The sea is so like this, don't you just love it!!
xx mon Ch'erie
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 11/30/2008
Wonderful poem. It is good to find meanings in your own mind rather than being imposed on you by other minds.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/28/2008
You evoke a smooth soothing song of the sea, Walt. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 11/25/2008
Walt, What an intensely beautiful poem. I could hear that bell ringing!
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Michael Guy 11/20/2008
...and I imagine this time of year can be a dangerous and changeable place even just offshore. "The Bell" or the buoy is a place I'd love to go like you did here, but never get to. I've been dreaming of fishing around one in a small boat since I was a kid.
Good realistic poetry with it's "warning bell"...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/17/2008
Most outstanding work here Walt!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/13/2008
Brilliantly penned Walt. Very unique and interesting thoughts.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 11/13/2008
Yes, you capture that lilting haunting so well, Walt. In its many moods and interpretations. It summons and beckons - not least of all, kindling remembrances both happy and sad. Very atmospheric. xx
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 11/13/2008
I love to read poems about the sea...this one is a bit eerie...well done! Love Holly
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 11/13/2008
I really enjoyed this philosophical look at the emotions and magic of the sea.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 11/13/2008
Tanks for the images Walt...
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/12/2008
I could almost hear the lonely cry of the lighthouse. Wonderful images but sad for all who have been "lost at sea"....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/12/2008
This reminds me of an empty pier on a night covered with a dense fog hearing that irregular buoy's bell wailing as now and then waves will make it to lean from side to side as you wait for the boat that will never come...but you will wait...


Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/11/2008
Powerfully imaged, I heard that bell toll ... especially today. God bless those who serve! Thank you for YOUR service. I honor you. *salute*

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/11/2008
Watch out for those shoals in life, they can tear the bottom out of your craft...e
Reviewed by Kathy Newkirk (Reader) 11/11/2008
This is the one, Walt. So truly beautiful. I felt as if I was on a ship experiencing it for real as I read your words. Thank you my brother dear.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 11/11/2008
Loved it walt from beginning to end.
Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/11/2008
...Walt this is moving, 'a masterpiece'.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/11/2008
i like this very much--
Reviewed by Jon Willey 11/11/2008
bloody creative Walt -- I like this rendering very much -- stay at sea a while longer if these are the inspirations you need to create a few more poems like this for us -- red, right and returning? -- peace to you my dear friend -- JMW
Reviewed by D Johnson 11/11/2008
Walt, truly enjoyed this took me to the outer marker and beynd!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/11/2008
Very poignant beautifully written poem Walt!
has a haunting feel to it,we should have
warning bells like that on land...

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 11/11/2008
"The Bell of November" warns and sings to reason.

Keep posting, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by steve Chering 11/11/2008
Very tall poem with a very tall ending. love it.
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