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For Nicholas – Poetry by Beulah Vega

-for Nicholas Green inspired by the Children's Bell Tower
more ancient than the granite
the marine layer
blown by cherry blossom
scented winds
reaches a reverential tendril
to softly ring the Italian bells
hung so far from home.
Nicholas,can you hear them
can you hear the bells singing
your name?
puka shells, abalone,
bamboo and other 
ancestors 
murmur together
a soft chorus
in the gnarled limbs
of the Monterey Cyprus
Nicholas when they sing, 
can you hear the apologies
from those who could not
save you?
A quail calls from the scrub
the piercing cry of a mother
seeking its young. 
Nicholas did you hear the grief
from those that loved you
those who still speak your name?
A ground squirrel 
scuttles in dried pine needles
knocking small pebbles
into discordant notes
until a solitary finch
softly hushes all with it’s
sweet hymn to the creeping
cherry wind and pounding
ocean tides.
Nicholas, in the rhythmic
Pacific, the rhythm of peace,
can you hear heartbeats 
hear those you saved? 
The tall tower bell chimes
calling the lost 
soothing the grieving
reminding even the ancient
marine layer to tread softly
this is sacred ground
Nicholas, 
as long as the cherry winds blow
As long as the pacific tide flows
the bells will continue to sing for you
Nicholas, please tell us,
you hear them.
Beulah Vega

Beulah Vega is a writer, poet, and theatrical artist living and working in California’s Bay Area. Her poetry has been published in The Literary Nest, Sage Cigarettes, Walled Women, and Blood & Bourbon among others. Her first book of poetry 'A Saga for the Unrequited' will be published in August of 2021 by Fae Corp Publishing. She is still amazed when people refer to her as a writer, every time. To follow her lunacy (artistic and otherwise) find her on Facebook @BFVegaauthor and Instagram/Twitter @Byronwhoknew.

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