Clifton Redmond

(7-4-1982 / Carlow)

For whom does the bell now toll


For whom do your tired eyes yearn
in your life of hours dying as the hope
your choked speech spits a pattern not clear
that you and you alone can hear

For whom do your cold eyes weep
clutching your beads of a chained faith
just you and your god
alone for so many years
not caring for the faces that disappear

For whom are your thoughts so many
the hours you had were few now less
from deaths hand you hide but how
you feel it hover above you now

For whom do you hold regret
wishing confession to all you harmed
as your skin pale and heart beats none
the life without love is all but done

For whom does the bell now toll
a soul of bitter stubborn greed
a fool who cared for not but power
but left with none in their final hour

For whom does the bell now toll

Submitted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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