Bell towerThere are times when everything is perfectly clear, and other times when everything is dark.

In the between times I hide up in the belfry, among the dust and carcasses of minutes gone by. Every hour a cacophony of bells shakes another layer of time down from the rafters.

I like to watch the people in the churchyard below, wafting through the garden like soap bubbles, glittering and ephemeral.

In the bell tower, the seconds twitch on the floor, disorderly as insects scrabbling for shelter. I crush them, one by one, under my shoe, until they too are dust.

This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge  weekend prompt:

Write a response that is between 33 and 333 words long and uses the following words in this exact order: cacophony, soap, insects.

19 responses to “Belfry

  1. This was a captivating write. Poetic, mystic, and memorable are the words that come to mind after having read it several times. I really, really like this one!


  2. beautiful piece


  3. great piece!



  4. The poetry in this piece made me think of Quasimodo, wondering if he had thought these evocative things at some point.


    • Thank you – considering your own poetical talents, I am flattered that you liked this. I also thought of Quasimodo, though that wasn’t the intent at first. Originally, I was thinking of a figurative belfry, but it developed a little differently.


  5. Great imagery. I especially liked the carcasses of minutes and the seconds twitching on the floor.


  6. When I was in my teens I loved going into older home’s attics. Its amazing what you find in them.


  7. Thanks for linking up this weekend. We hope you can come back for the weekday challenge too. Remember to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for news on what’s happening on the site.


  8. Congratulations on your win. Well deserved. This is absolutely fantastic!


  9. This is the first time I didn’t link up since discovering Trifecta a few weeks ago….Seeing this 1st place of yours brought a smile to my face, *whispering: you are one of my favorites to read each week*…
    Much deserved, beautiful piece, touching imagery,
    Congrats 🙂


  10. You totally made me blush – thank you so much! I love reading yours as well, and was wondering where you were this weekend…


  11. So glad you won! Otherwise I might have missed this. Had my head elsewhere last week. Congrats! It’s a gorgeous piece.


  12. Christine's Mom

    I’m kind of embarassed to admit that the only things in my belfry these days are boring ol’ bats! 😦
    [or is that just ONE boring ol’ bat? ;)]



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