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Beating the drums
by Janet Bellinger

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Beating the drums


Four friends and a twenty-year-old son

spread around the beach

and the bonding that took place, everybody as one

the night before around the bonfire, meetings of the minds within reach


reminding me of ages gone by, when everybody gathered around the central fire,

young and old alike told stories, huddled in the lee

and the young were as much a part of it as the old, being together didnít become dire

nobody felt compelled to tell anybody else the way it should be


this intergenerational bonding was taken for granted.

Where did we lose it along the way?

in our inexorable march towards technological nirvana, we have become particularly slanted

so that son and father are pitted against each other, as mother and daughter compete and everybody pays.


Iíve never been one to begrudge progress but it seems itís not so sweet

that weíve lost some unregistered but precious quality

and Iím not talking about chest  or drum beating weekend retreats

but simple sharing of that deep down essence, the waft of scent or quick smile, humanness, not humanity


When did something so elementary become incomprehensible?

a high tech skill to be taught at a workshop somewhere, at two hundred and fifty a pop

if only we could all relax and let go of expectations, instead of becoming reprehensible

to our own flesh and blood,  instead just let it drop.


There is in all of this somewhere a key

And itís letting young people unfold in whatever ways they are meant to and at the same time have fun

in the meantime, Iíll catch just a glimmer of the way it used to be

with three middle-agers and a twenty year old son.


Janet Bellinger

 c 2006

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/11/2006
Great sentiments expressed, Janet. I recently took part in an intergenerational choir and the energy and ambiance was quite different (in a wonderful manner) than that of my usual choir (which is mostly people of the same age or thereabouts). Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Emma Willey 3/3/2006
Janet. My sebtiments exactly! You put it so well. Thanks for sharing this poetry with us. My kids are twice as old as yours, so this poem expresses what I feel about how things happened so naturally when I was young.
Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 2/26/2006
Janet, you have hit a sour spot with me. Growing up in a 3 generational household, I was sorrowed when my children moved far away. It is a tale of many of us today. We don't get to learn the wisdom of our elders or live in the innocence of our children.

You put it wonderfully.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/26/2006
"Beating the drums" tells the story and strikes the doors of history,
paying its dues to the treasury of Poetry, -- and nourishing the
ontologic and social minds.

I am grateful to You, Poet, for this presentation of "Beating the drums".

Long healthy creative life.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/26/2006
Somehow, somewhere down the line, modern day Man has forgotten about God, just like our forefathers did in the desert
We all have to pay a price for that Janet !
Honest and refreshing pen
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