The Ring

The Ring

A Poem by Paul Bell

It started with the solitary ring
Ringing, ringing
Till it rang no more
Others began to ring after that
The digital world informing, as they always do
Many more phones would ring
Some would answer
Some would never answer again
The tragedy of life in the digital age
Instant death at the fingertips of the holder
Captured by the hands of the digital movie maker
Captured for all eternity
One second, one minute, one hour, one day
Just one tragedy amongst a thousand others
It started with the solitary ring
Till a chorus of rings wept into the night and forever more.

© 2018 Paul Bell



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like the Lord of the Rings...and so hard to have the rings unmade.
this reminds me of all the tragedies from cell phones...especially those texting while driving...and not paying attention...but really in our world today..people are not connected face to face....the contact is all through little screens...we have lost something important...and to me, this poem "rings" with the truth of that.
j.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Paul Bell

7 Months Ago

Yeah, I think the art of conversation is in the archives now. Have this thought of couples getting m.. read more



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This is true, very true. That’s also why I don’t like the 2010s. Because some f**kers are distracted by a glowing screen with sound from it. It takes one ring to kill. Most of the time, more than one life. That’s the sad reality of this world. I like how you describe this.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Paul Bell

7 Months Ago

Wonder If Alexander Graham Bell visualised his invention being used in this way.
I like the fact that the 'ring' can be a few different things. The idea sort of works with the 'wedding rings' too, many broken marriages and promises. And also, sort of wokrs, with 'ringing church bells'... ending on the last line with the ringing bells of mourning. But, of course it is so true of our digital age. Very well done, quite profound. I am sure something will eventually replace 'digital' ... but goodness knows just what!

Posted 7 Months Ago


Paul Bell

7 Months Ago

Yeah, everyday seems to bring new changes.
Just don't mess with the beer.
Great Aunt Astri

7 Months Ago

:}...................
The tragedy of life in the digital age
Instant death at the fingertips of the holder

mmmm so true Paul...
just a mood change and everything is gone, so easy...

As easy its to connect and disconnect :) just like Wifi connection...


Posted 7 Months Ago


Paul Bell

7 Months Ago

Would it be a beautiful death though.
like the Lord of the Rings...and so hard to have the rings unmade.
this reminds me of all the tragedies from cell phones...especially those texting while driving...and not paying attention...but really in our world today..people are not connected face to face....the contact is all through little screens...we have lost something important...and to me, this poem "rings" with the truth of that.
j.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Paul Bell

7 Months Ago

Yeah, I think the art of conversation is in the archives now. Have this thought of couples getting m.. read more

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