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Thunder Drum

November 24, 2019

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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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