Big Ben’s bell is silent

by Jem Croucher

Big Ben’s bell is silent
no chimes upon the hour
And all wrapped up in scaffolding
right around the tower

It needs a lot of TLC
to bring it back to scratch
but is missed by all commuters
who have a train to catch

For Big Ben’s peel, familiar
gave them the time of day
and helped them keep to schedule
as they went upon their way

But now they’ll need to wait four years
’til Big Ben chimes again
Except for extra special times
which happen now and then

©Jemverse

Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock in the tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower is now officially the Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. In August 2017 a four-year period of renovation of the tower and the clock began, and the bells were silenced. They’ll still peel on special occasions like New Year though. 

Photo – Jempics

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