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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