the drums
this morning

cold and silent
as the hands
that used to strike them
— Frank Watson, author of Seas to Mulberries

All poems, art, and photos are public domain, creative commons, or used by permission of author or publisher. Poem  © 2014 Frank Watson. Photo by Raymond Bryson, via Flickr.
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