The Bells of All Saints

What do the bells of All Saints say
On this cold spring day?
Is it “repent?”
Or a lament,
A sighing
For a civilisation that is dying?
I can not say.

The above poem was inspired by me hearing the bells of All Saints Church, as I passed through the churchyard on the morning of Sunday 5th May 2019). You can find All Saints Upper Norwood here,

2 thoughts on “The Bells of All Saints

  1. abbiejohnsontaylor

    This reminds me of the rhyme that goes, “Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clemens.” I never heard this until I read George Orwell’s 1984 for the first time while taking a science fiction class in high school. I bet it was more popular in the UK. Do you remember it?

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Hi Abbie. Many apologies for the delay in replying to your interesting comment. I am usually good at responding to comments but, unfortunately yours slipped through the net. Yes I remember the nursery rhyme to which you refer. I was familiar with “Oranges and Lemons” prior to reading Orwell’s novel. I remember that its the owner of the junk shop (who turns out to be a member of the Thought Police) who recites the rhyme to Winston Smith. Its interesting that my poem reminds you of that old childrens rhyme. I didn’t have “Oranges and Lemons” in mind when I wrote “The Bells of All Saints”. However, now you draw my attention to that rhyme, I can understand why you perceive a resemblance there. Thanks again for commenting. Best wishes – Kevin


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