Troubled times

These are troubled times,

filled with beating sounds

from hollow drums

that echo across the world

and across our lives;

and we hear these baffling sounds

with subtle dread,

wondering what will be

and what may come next.


But after the sounds of the drums

have died away and been forgotten

in the ordinariness and in

the drug of the everyday,

we are returned to the struggles

of living lives and to the dull beat

of the routines and habits

around which we survive.