Big Ben’s bell is silent

Big Ben’s bell is silent
no chimes upon the hour
And all wrapped up in scaffolding
right around the tower

It needs a lot of TLC
to bring it back to scratch
but is missed by all commuters
who have a train to catch

For Big Ben’s peel, familiar
gave them the time of day
and helped them keep to schedule
as they went upon their way

But now they’ll need to wait four years
’til Big Ben chimes again
Except for extra special times
which happen now and then

©Jemverse

Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock in the tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower is now officially the Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. In August 2017 a four-year period of renovation of the tower and the clock began, and the bells were silenced. They’ll still peel on special occasions like New Year though. 

 

Writing 101 day 6: “Maracas”

Lady at Victoria Station shouting loud and long
Placards behind her heralding her many-sided song
Commuters passing blindly, amusement in their eyes
And when a policeman came along I wasn’t that surprised
At first her remonstrations were polite as she protested
But as her agitation showed it looked as though she’d be arrested.
Whatever passed between the two though, kept the officer at bay
Though I wondered about her maracas as I hurried on my way
The answer to that question came evidentially when
Later at Westminster amongst the tourists near Big Ben
The lady loud appeared again, maracas shaking to a beat
As her shouting turned to singing right there out in the street
Now the tourists passed her blindly, amusement in their eyes
Though now with several tapping feet as some danced, to her surprise

©Jemverse (June 2014)

 

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