Friday, 11 January 2013

Confessions Of Chrysthete XXX



CONFESSIONS OF CHRYSTHETE XXX

to reach the bells
she has to climb the tower

at first there is a stone spiral

at one stage
the height of the steps increases
she has to stretch her leg to reach

at another point
the handrail gives way
she has to push hard against the side walls

then the steps narrow
she has to climb sideways

halfway up there is a wooden platform
on which she feels safe

beyond is an iron ladder
but some rungs are missing

finally she can ring the bell

she is refusing to come down

the peel of the bells
is keeping villagers awake

© Gerald England

Composed: Maleme, 5th October 2006

Publication

2011 Envoi (UK)

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