Monday, May 05, 2014

If You Don’t Know the Words, Just Hum

Just three notes was
All it took to
Put this song inside my head.
Now it’s like
A barber pole of
Alternating white and red
Turning, churning,
Never ending,
Echoing in lost refrain,
Patterned chaos,
Just enough to
Drive a simple mind insane.
Time was I knew all the words,
But that was oh, so long ago,
As memory plays empty
Like a violin without its bow.
No pity for the lonesome mime
Who slowly beats a silent drum.
In truth, if you don’t know the words,
My gentle friend…
     Just hum.
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