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The Gates of Hell
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By Quentin Clingerman
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The Gates of Hell

 

For whom the bell tolls
fits so well these days I think
As our government in solemnity
commemorates

For a few days we'll all join our
voices in sober reflection
On that horrendous day in September
When all Hell broke loose

From the bowels of wanton hatred
Gushed forth a flow of putrid rot
That inundated our world

Its fetid odor still permeates
Our national persona
All terrorists from the Gaza to Baghdad
are persona non grata

For whom the bell tolls
It tolls for those lost in innocence
Those lost in heroic effort

For those who love the sound of
freedom's ring
Whose lives are given a willing sacrifice
That this land may ever with freedom sing

That against freedom the gates of Hell
shall not prevail



The Gates of Hell (c) 2000 Quentin Clingerman
 


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Submitted: Monday, September 9, 2002

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

About the Poet
I am a retired educator. Now 85 years of age. I live in Maryland. I am the father of three ladies and thirteen grandchildren. Four grandchildren now married. I have two great grandsons, Koi Jon and Quinn Manu and a great granddaughter,Sephira Jade. Poems are an expression of how I think and feel. Variety in either case! I am the founder of WordChimes.com WC originated in February, 2000.


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