Anthony W. Pahl

SOUND OF MEMORY

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Can you hear the drums?
Are they beating to the rhythm of death?

No, my friends,
there is no rhythm to death!
Death is a silent song sung by unheard voices

Can you hear the drums?
Are they beating to the rhythm of life?

No, my friends,
the rhythm of life is joyous!
Life is a loud song sung by tireless voices.

Can you hear the drums?
Are they beating to the rhythm of remembrance?

Yes, my friends,
the rhythm of remembrance is melancholy.
Remembrance is a soft song sung by knowing voices.

Listen to the drums, and
remember the drummers.

This poem inspired the responses, “Remembrance” ~ ©Copyright June 1, 2002 by Charles J. Ingerson and “Sound of History” ~ ©Copyright June 1, 2002 by Charles J. Ingerson