As Song Goes


by Kevin T McEneaney

The singing of songs defined humankind

before we turned to invent weapons:

bows, arrows, knives, catapult, use of fire.


Music is the oldest part of our brain.

Birds, capuchins, lemurs, even insects

live lives based upon various rhythms.


Even if no one is listening

we sing to ourselves when working

and hear that we relish singing in peace.


On the bright subject of cosmology:

although we know next to nothing at all,

we can still sing and rejoice at our place—

even though we know only ignorance,

we can find rhythm in our ignorance.

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