And I had thought he donned it especially for the transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2. Martin Bell strolled the decks and gave conferences in the middle of the Atlantic as if he had lived on the sea his entire life, comfortable anywhere I suppose, as war correspondents must be. His conference was fascinating, almost as much as I found his poetry, which has the rare ability to speak of the reality of our world with both a profound and frivolous tone at once. For our future journalists his lessons are many and meaningful. I highly suggest you buy his book of poetry For Whom the Bell Tolls, Light and Dark Verse by Martin Bell, published by Icon books. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts after reading a poem or two!