Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


The Bell Tolls - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

The bell tolls not to alarm us
about a break of war
The bell tolls not to announce
the funeral of a great magician
The bell tolls not for classes
to start the school-year calendar.

But it is ringing for you and me
to bend our knees,
To intercede for our land
and for ourselves
The bell tolls to say a prayer
that opens up
avenues to God's love and mercy.


Comments about The Bell Tolls by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (9/2/2012 1:48:00 PM)


    Thanks for your positive response, dear Joseph. The call is always there and whether humans listen or not, the call, I believe, is forever there for everyone of us. (Report) Reply

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  • (9/2/2012 10:50:00 AM)


    As you so aptly stated, it tolls for us all, but do we hear it? A well penned and serious reminder.
    Lets us hope many read and think on this
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 4, 2012


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