The bells are silent,
refusing to speak
As white noise invades,
clarity grows black
Patience of the mind,
slows a fast heartbeat
In stillness we find,
reasons to just breathe

Tang Dynasty Bell,
Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Xi’an China

Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

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c.b.w. 2014



Sinners and saints,
know this place
Renaissance streets,
paved with mistakes
From domes and spires,
peering angels 
See old men’s souls,
and scold the young
Sunset soaked tiles,
hold our secrets
Of time gone by
to this moment
None are immune,
yet can be saved
God’s forgiveness
or lessons learned


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Photo: Florence, Italy, c.b.w. 2005

Words: c.b.w. 2014