Last Bell by Mark  Reep

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Charcoal & Graphite Drawing on Bristol.

“A clever man would devise some means– great magnets, maybe, positioned just so– whereby the bell be drawn, released by weight of the tides or shine of the bright moon’s face. The intervals seem insufficient, but a glassmaker might grind lenses fine enough. Opposing mirrors, multiplied energies, that sort of thing. Vague notions, no more. In dreams he frees rustbound machineries, ancient fires smolder at their hearts. Calmer nights, the smell of the sea still makes his balls ache, and he longs for her deeps. Coward, cuckold, she taunts: So be it. He’s not a young man anymore, nor as clever as he once was, or thought. But somebody ought to keep a lamp burning, ring the old bell sometimes, just in case.”

Image & text by Mark Reep 2010
Published in Full of Crow


mark reep, drawings, black and white, sepia, dreams in black and white, sea, island, rowboats

I’m an artist, writer, and editor. My drawings, photography, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Art Collector, Endicott Journal, Bluecanvas 14, Prick of the Spindle, Blue Fifth Review, Metazen, Moon Milk Review, Smash Cake, Gloom Cupboard, Fictionaut Selects, Big City Lit, Word Riot, and many other publications. Visit my website:

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  • helenvitoria
    helenvitoriaabout 3 years ago

    Mark, these are all really beautiful…… i curate art shows, here in PA, let me know if you are interested in ever showing, or in more info. ………. they are wonderful! helen

  • WickedlyLovely
    WickedlyLovelyabout 3 years ago

    I could not agree more with Helen .. your drawings are beautiful and truly, truly special.

  • Sorry I missed your comment, catching up- Thanks very much!

    – Mark Reep

  • Mark  Reep
    Mark Reepabout 3 years ago

    Helen, WL- Thanks very much!

  • Firedrake
    Firedrakeabout 3 years ago


  • Sorry I missed your comment- Thank you!

    – Mark Reep

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