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Anne Sexton - The Bells

Today the circus poster
is scabbing off the concrete wall
and the children have forgotten
if they knew at all.
Father, do you remember?
Only the sound remains,
the distant thump of the good elephants,
the voice of the ancient lions
and how the bells
trembled for the flying man.
I, laughing,
lifted to your high shoulder
or small at the rough legs of strangers,
was not afraid.
You held my hand
and were instant to explain
the three rings of danger.

Oh see the naughty clown
and the wild parade
while love love
love grew rings around me.
this was the sound where it began;
our breath pounding up to see
the flying man breast out
across the boarded sky
and climb the air.
I remember the color of music
and how forever
all the trembling bells of you
were mine.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Bells

Comment 8 of 8, added on February 9th, 2012 at 10:49 PM.
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Such a great ttiairdon to have with your mom. I love the outdoor Christmas lights the most. I love how neighborhood's are transformed this time of year. It reminds me that light dispels the darkness.

Allan from Pakistan
Comment 7 of 8, added on June 5th, 2010 at 5:26 PM.

I think that the bells have more of a positive connotation. The bells may symbolize danger, but she is not afraid, her father is able to carry her through the danger. Also, when bells ring it is a short period in time, much like the short period a daughter is able to bond with her father. We grow up and forget about the strong bond that we once had.

Emily
Comment 6 of 8, added on February 5th, 2010 at 1:31 PM.
"Los Campanas"

espan(sqiggly thing)ol: tu es un nin(squiggly thing)o gordo!!!!!! jajaja.

francais: tu es hontusse!!!!!!! ca fait vraiment cloche!

ashley from Spain

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