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April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing programs at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools and the Writers' Workshop at Rawson Saunders School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you can also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.

Eternal Drums

Read by Catherine Robb.

No one else can hear it.
The drums.
What does it mean?
It must be a sickness.
A cancer.
And it can’t be cured.
Thump, Thump, Thump.

These drums are still beating.
I don’t know why.
I must have gone mad.
A child scorched with flames of confusion.
Those flames can’t be real.
That’s what I thought.
Thump, Thump, Thump.

My mystery gradually unfolds.
I still don’t know why I’m here
Or anyone else for that matter.
I just know that every piece is important,
Something I discovered in phases.
Thump, Thump, Thump.

But the point is,
Now I know. These drums
Are here as a reminder.
To make me remember that every drum beat
Is part of a song.