• Alistair Smith

Thunder Drum


Epic

Display

Works of fire

Rockets and wheels

reels and peals

that ring

and roll

Thunder

drum

Tumble

and run

The rumble

of the lightning charge

Hooves

of hundreds

troubled dust

flies

Particulate scatters

Saltpeter

catches

in sprays of flame

and splashes of sparkles

Crashes of brass

and nickel silver

Wood is turned

into wands

that wander

over circles

and cylinders

Chamber

resonators

Where wheels turn

and rockets fall

back

into place

of ensemble

part

and pace

Inspired by the playing of drummer Mark Mondesir


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