Ring the Bells


Twenty seventeen

‘Ring the bells that still can ring’

Drum a steady beat.

©2016 ontheland

My life is squeezing every ounce (almost) of my writing and reading time.  The haiku’s second line is, of course, a quote from Leonard Cohen’s Anthem.  His words are so apt for present times that they have been quoted widely (especially recently):

Ring the bells that still can ring,

Forget your perfect offering,

There is a crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in.

∼Leonard Cohen

Winter has officially begun, 2017 will soon be here, and our days will slowly grow longer.  I’ll be reading and writing as much as I can during the holidays, but I predict that my presence will be much reduced.  I am enormously grateful for all those who take the time to read my efforts and for the opportunity to view the writing, photography, and art of so many creative people.  I wish everyone all the best for the holiday period and the new year.

Many thanks as well to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge for another inspiring year of challenges.  This weeks’s prompt was ‘bells’ and ‘ring’.   The image is a public domain offering from Pixabay.com. The scene is  Mount Fichtelberg in East Germany.

8 thoughts on “Ring the Bells

  1. Purrfect choice of additional poetry for this prompt, this time of year, and the current year’s end which is not as joyous as it could be for me and Anthem is one of Cohen’s more positive works. I love that song and for that matter most of his songs/poems.

    Your haiku is lovely and reflects my sentiments for myself toward the coming year. Thank you for an uplifting post on a dark, dreary, rainy, bitchy day for me. ~~dru~~

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