Do You Hear Him?

Tap, tap, tap

Do you hear him?

Do you see what he’s doing?

My child does not do that

He is disruptive

I can’t sit for you anymore

 

Tom, tom, tom

Do you hear him?

All through class

During recess

Even at lunch

He is expelled

 

Tap, tom, tap

Do you hear him?

See how he is different

He doesn’t take it seriously

Doesn’t toe-the-line

He’s out of the program

 

Tap, tom, tom

Do you hear him?

No concept of status quo

Alienates himself

He had his chance

He is fired

 

Tom, tom, tap

Do you hear him?

He’s got killer instinct

But he bucks authority

A bad example for the rest

He is discharged

 

Boom, boom, boom

Do you hear him?

Do you see what he’s doing?

He has his own voice

And speaks for his people

with the beat

of a different drummer

 

© JW Thomas

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6 thoughts on “Do You Hear Him?

  1. Mary Cathleen Clark March 31, 2016 / 3:23 am

    Traveling to the beat of a different drum has its consequences…and its upside.
    Great poem taking us through the stages and finally, acceptance of what was meant to be.

    Liked by 2 people

    • jwtatfbc March 31, 2016 / 3:27 am

      Yes, both positive and negative consequences. But the acceptance of following your own path is a powerful reward in the end, my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc March 31, 2016 / 3:32 am

        I have lost some things along the way, but I have found the overall consequences positive as long as I stayed true to myself and those I loved along the way.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Cathleen Clark March 31, 2016 / 3:39 am

        That’s a good thing. I have some stuff to do, so I’m going to say goodnight and sweet dreams.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc March 31, 2016 / 3:41 am

        And goodnight and sweet dreams to you as well, Pretty Lady.

        Liked by 1 person

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