Ringing School Days

The resonance of a handbell
rang the hours at our school:

it summoned us to class each day;
signified the end of play;

commanded a straighter line
by the canteen at dinnertime;

at four o’clock, it made me wait
expectantly at the school gate.

Kim M. Russell, 17th October 2022

Free image from iStock

After a very long hiatus, I am hosting again at the dVerse Poets Pub, and I’m ringing in this Monday’s Quadrille with the word ‘bell’.

For whom does that bell toll? Well, you’ll just have to come along and find out!


39 thoughts on “Ringing School Days

  1. Kim, I enjoyed reading of the school bell. Our teacher had hers standing on the back of her desk, I don’t remember her ever ringing it inside the schoolhouse. Mostly she would stand at the schoolhouse door, at the back of the room, and ring us in from play. Except on days when she would be outside playing with us. It was a one-room school, most years we had about eight children, I was alone in my grades from third grade through the eighth. In the single picture I have there were eight of us and our teacher. Four of us were cousins.
    Thank you sooo much for this lovely prompt and for your write. It brought many pleasant memories to me.

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