by Kevin T McEneaney
A pleasant set of chimes can turn around
a day by transforming it into cheer.
Chimes remain an important talisman
on front porch or rear exit of a home—
you can tinkle them, scare the hummingbird,
smell a white peony in early June,
or ring the chimes in mid-January
to celebrate waves of dancing snowflakes
that begin to anoint your uncombed hair
while you admire an icicle shiv.
But the real asset of chimes is your head
wherein you carry the soft memory
of a particular, favorite ring
echoing in your head like a tonic,
enabling you to sing a symphony
of optimistic serendipity.