Friday, June 8, 2012

Bells Ringing out a Blessing

One thing I always love about Europe, and Italy in particular, is the ringing of the church bells on Sundays, the awakening to an exuberant new day.  In Durham, too, when I was staying in the old castle that is the University, across the close from the Cathedral, the bells were a large and friendly presence.

These lines from Mary Oliver’s poem “The Fawn” speak of the experience that I remember and 
    the bells once more tipped and tumbled
And rang through the morning, announcing
The going forth of the blessed.

image:  Christie B. Cochrell, Bells, San Juan Capistrano Mission

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