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.