as though (always)

Inspired by the phrase ‘While all about us peal the loud, sweet Te Deums of the Canterbury bells’, from the poem ‘Madonna of the Evening Flowers’ written by Amy Lowell.

This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project

when the bell ringers
for the granite built cathedral
up on the town’s hill
begin their practice

it will be a tuesday evening
always
on a tuesday
in the evening

and
I won’t hear them
at first

not at all

but they
will know me

yes
they will know me
by entering my subconscious

like a song
that sits
in the back of your mind

influences you
without
you ever knowing

so it is

the music
of the bells
is in me
and I do not know
but
I begin to respond

my movements
become
differently fluid

my thoughts
divert
from where they were
to assume
a kind
of rhythm

reflective
of the clappers
I cannot yet hear

so that
when my ears
at last
become attuned
there is no
new awareness
involved

I have been
all the while
aware

all the while
unaware
and yet affected

until my whole being
is encompassed
in the sweet
loud sound of te deums

ringing out
and all around me

and it is
as though
this
has always been

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2 thoughts on “as though (always)

  1. Bell ringers! My daughter phoned this evening to tell me about the person sitting next to her on her flight from Paris to Montreal. He was a bell ringer. He rings the bells in the Gloucester Cathedral in England. He was on his way to Quebec City to meet up with nine bell ringer friends from various parts of the world and then they would travel to Texas ringing bells in various churches and cathedrals along the way. So when I read your poem I felt it was a bell ringers evening. Te Deum laudamus indeed.

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