The Toll

The Toll

“Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.”

                 John Donne

The Toll

 This day

I met the killer on the road

On the road

With eyes like flickering lanterns

Far away,


How slowly we passed

Cradled in God’s time

Each most curiously viewing the other

This day I witnessed courage, and truth,

And innocence

Beside an open grave

Bound by sunlight and shadow

And whispers in the trees

I knew this time,

This time,

Was not for me

And felt both joy and sorrow

Two ways

One road

Not free

Not free

                                             J. Douglas Lynn