bell repairer lament

he spent his life
repairing
the bells in the church tower
long after his mind
was filled
with the constant ringing
he learned
to feel tone and timber
through
his rough hands

the bells
sang
for all in the county
to hear
with a delicately
poignant tribute
to the heavens
that brought smiles
to all
that bore witness

that same song
that stole
his children’s voices
his wife’s
angelic singing
that once filled
his mind
slowly eroded away
by the incessant hum
forevermore

il a passé sa vie
réparer
les cloches du clocher de l’église
longtemps après son esprit
était rempli
avec la sonnerie constante
il a appris
sentir le ton et le bois
à travers
ses mains rugueuses
les cloches
a chanté
pour tous dans le comté
entendre
avec un délicatement
hommage poignant
aux cieux
qui a apporté des sourires
à tous
qui a témoigné
cette même chanson
qui a volé
la voix de ses enfants
sa femme
chant angélique
qui une fois rempli
son esprit
lentement érodé
par le bourdonnement incessant
pour toujours

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