A Melody Unsung

Can you be distracted by the critic

  or the public acclaim

 

Can you see through the fire

  and renew all that’s burned

 

Can you look past the signposts

  and those messages fixed

 

Can your heart stay undamaged

  as the world tempts your soul

 

Can you run through loud voices

  with yours still unspoken

 

Can you make it to tomorrow

  without leaving today

 

Can you give love to those hateful

  with vengeance recalled

 

Can you carry your grandfather’s words

  into the land of the unborn

 

Can you hang up your spear

  inside the enemy camp

 

Can you live to see the beginning

  and the end die at last

 

Can your voice remain pure

  neither bartered nor loaned

 

Can you listen through the smoke

   —for a melody unsung

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: April, 2015)

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