Two Poems, @EvryManJac: There is a Bell; Little Wonder







There is a Bell
©2018 by Jack A. Urquhart
(for Dillon)

There is a bell
pendulous and rusting
heavy in the tower
of my still-beating heart
Amidst the calmest hour
I can hear its faintest
steely shimmering
It calls me back
Back home to you

It is perilous
to linger too long
venture too close
for the slightest stirring
can set the bell pealing
A whiff of boyish laughter
the baby’s breath
of a sleeping child
and it resounds
resounds for you

There is a bell
pendulous and rusting
heavy in the tower
of my still beating heart
Time and again it tolls
it tolls for you







Little Wonder
© 2018 by Jack A. Urquhart
(for Dillon)

O the sudden beauty
of a sleeping child
conch-shell bunched
in seaweed green
tiny hands curled
like a cresting wave
a little wonder
to break the heart
O to break the heart.

About jaurquhart

Jack Andrew Urquhart was born in the American South. Following undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, he taught in Florida's public schools. He earned a Master of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the winner of the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Award for Fiction (1991). His work has appeared online at Clapboard House Literary Journal, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and Standards: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies. He is the author of So They Say, a collection of self-contained, inter-connected stories and the short story, They Say You Can Stop Yourself Breathing. Formerly a writing instructor at the University of Colorado’s Writing Program, Mr. Urquhart was, until 2010, a senior analyst for the Judicial Branch of California. He resides in Washington State.
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2 Responses to Two Poems, @EvryManJac: There is a Bell; Little Wonder

  1. Jessica Triepel says:

    Lovely poem, Andy.

  2. TermiteWriter says:

    Beautiful as always. You’re a fine poet, Jack.

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