Weekend of Jan 20-22nd JCC and around town: Evening with Bill McKibben, White Mtn Classic XC Race, astrology, theater production of Little Women, jazz music, XC skiing & snowshoeing, music, worship led by guest preacher John Heropoulos, M.Div. and more!

FRI, Jan 20

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • **C3: COCKTAILS & CHRISTIAN CONVERSATION (resume Fri, Feb 3rd)**
    5pm •  Zoom
    • Cancelled this week b/c Rev Gail is ill, and next week she’s on vacation, resumes first Friday in February
  • Community Event: An EVENING with BILL McKIBBEN (Tin Mtn)
    7pm • Program Full
    • Bill McKibben is an environmental activist, educator and author of numerous books, including The End of Nature and most recently The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon. He is the founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice and the co-founder of 350.org, the first global grassroots climate campaign.
    • Tin Mountain is excited to host Bill McKibben and invite you to join us for this special evening. Bill Will discuss the climate talks in Egypt, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the spreading activism that everyone can take part in.
    • This program is currently full. Call 603-447-6991 to be put on the wait list.
  • Community Event: LITTLE WOMEN at Majestic Theater
    7pm • Majestic Theater, Conway, NH
    • Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit.
    • Directed by Mary Bastoni, Theater in Motion
    • Tuickets ($25/pp): https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=144269
  • Community Event: FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ – MAJESTIC CAFE  – Al Hospers (bass), Mike Sakash (saxophone), Craig Bryan (percussion)
    6:30 pm • Majestic Cafe, Conway, NH
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Marty Quirk • 6-8pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Shark Martin • 8-11pm
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner • 6 – 8:30pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub • Rek’li Duo • 5:30-8:30pm
    • Lostbo Pub @ Black Mountain: Kurt Murray • 3:30-5:30pm

SAT, Jan 21

  • Community Resource: LIBRARIES
  • Community Event: WHITE MOUNTAIN CLASSIC XC RACE
    9:30am • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center = start
    • The White Mountain Classic, a race with touring option, will take place on Saturday morning. The event starts at 9:30; the Yodel will be used exclusively for the race from 9:30 to 10 am; there will be no other trail limitations. We do hope that skiers will encourage the racers and support them by letting them “ski through” if you meet them on the trails (Wave, Eagle). It will be over by noon +/-.
    • Please note that more than 80% of our open terrain is NOT part of this event; and this group is eating lunch at the Whitney Center.
    • More info: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
  • Community Event: SNOW SHOE Tour 
    2pm • Tin M tn Conservation Ctr, Albany, NH
    • Join us for a snowshoe tour at Tin Mountain’s Nature Learning Center in Albany, NH. Bring your own snowshoes or rent ours*, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of winter. All are welcome!
    • Non-members:  $15/person or $25/household, snowshoe rental $5/person. Members are Free!
    • Register at tinmountain.org or call 603-447-6991
      *Please arrive at 1:30pm if you are renting snowshoes. Also, bring poles if you prefer to use them while snowshoeing – we do not have any poles.
  • Community Event: LITTLE WOMEN at Majestic Theater
    2pm  & 7pm • Majestic Theater, Conway, NH
    • Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit.
    • Directed by Mary Bastoni, Theater in Motion
    • Tuickets ($25/pp): https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=144269
  • Community Event: NORTH COUNTRY ASTROLOGY – Moose Brook State Park
    5:30pm • Moose Brook State Park
    • Join us for an evening of star gazing and an introduction to the winter sky. Participants will be able to see and learn about the Zodiac constellations, the northern constellations, and southern sky sights such as Orion and the Orion Nebula. We’ll also get good looks through a telescope at bright Jupiter and the brilliant red Mars. Cold winter nights make for the clearest and darkest skies of the year, so bundle up and join us!
    • Space is limited and registration is required. Call 603-447-6991 or click here to register.
  • Community Event: XC SKIING & SNOWSHOEING with Jackson Ski Touring
    Trails Open • More info: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
  • Community Event: SLEIGH RIDES & SKATING 
    Nestlenook Farm, Jackson, NH • More info: https://nestlenookfarmsleighrides.com/
  • Community Event: DOWNHILL SKIING
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Shannon Door: Marty Quirk Apres Ski (4-6) & Scott Baer 7-10pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Shark Martin • 8-11pm
    • Wildcat Tavern: Apres Ski with Al Shafner • 3-5pm  & Jonathan Sarty * 6 • 8:30pm
    • Lostbo Pub @ Black Mountain: Kurt Murray • 3:30-5:30pm

SUN, Jan 22

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library (in-person only this week, Rev Gail on vacation)
    • Join us for poetry, conversation, and prayer.
    • Facilitated this week by Donna Dunn, in-person only
  • WORSHIP with Eguest preacher JOHN HEROPOULOS, M.Div.
    10:30am • JCC  & in-person
    • Zoom link & password required
    • Message: John Heropoulos, M.Div.
    • Music Sharon Novak
  • Community Event: NENSA WOMEN’s DAY – XC Skiing
    All Day • Jackson XC Ski Touring Center = start
    • Sunday we are hosting NENSA’s Women’s Day, this event provides instruction for women at all levels of ability. The event which is produced by an outside partner, is sold out, but please let us know if you think a similar event that JacksonXC could do “on our own” would be of interest to you. This event will make use of various terrain selections in the Central Village; and this group is eating lunch at the Whitney Center.
    • More info: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
  • Community Event: LITTLE WOMEN at Majestic Theater
    2pm  • Majestic Theater, Conway, NH
    • Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit.
    • Directed by Mary Bastoni, Theater in Motion
    • Tuickets ($25/pp): https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=144269
  • Community Event: SNOW SHOE Tour
    2pm • Tin M tn Conservation Ctr, Albany, NH
    • Join us for a snowshoe tour at Tin Mountain’s Nature Learning Center in Albany, NH. Bring your own snowshoes or rent ours*, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of winter. All are welcome!
    • Non-members:  $15/person or $25/household, snowshoe rental $5/person. Members are Free!
    • Register at tinmountain.org or call 603-447-6991
      *Please arrive at 1:30pm if you are renting snowshoes. Also, bring poles if you prefer to use them while snowshoeing – we do not have any poles.
  • Community Event: XC SKIING & SNOWSHOEING with Jackson Ski Touring
    Trails Open • More info: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
  • Community Event: SLEIGH RIDES & SKATING
    Nestlenook Farm, Jackson, NH • More info: https://nestlenookfarmsleighrides.com/
  • Community Event: DOWNHILL SKIING
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Lostbo Pub @ Black Mountain: Dan Alldrich • 3:30-5:30pm
    • Wildcat Tavern: Al Shafner • 6-9pm
    • Shannon Door: Scott Baer • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Mitch Alden • 8-11pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Dan Parkhurst•  5:30-8:30pm

Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer

I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and … almost involuntary in my life … And when I talk about prayer, I mean really … what Rumi says in that wonderful line, “there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground”. — Mary Oliver

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men” — John F. Kennedy

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. — John Bunyan

Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God. — Billy Graham

SONGS about prayer:

Renditions of The Lord’s Prayer:

RESOURCES about the LORD’s PRAYER;

WHAT WE NEED IS HERE— Wendell Berry
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.

Thoughts on Prayer

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. — Saint Teresa of Avila

Exercise, prayer, and meditation are examples of calming rituals. They have been shown to induce a happier mood and provide a positive pathway through life’s daily frustrations. — Chuck Norris

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. — Soren Kierkegaard

I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe, over the past twenty-five years, that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple. Help. Thanks. Wow. … You may in fact be wondering what I even mean when I use the word “prayer.” … Prayer is private, even when we pray with others. It is communication from the heart to that which surpasses understanding. Let’s say it is communication from one’s heart to God. Or … to the Good, the force that is beyond our comprehension but that in our pain or supplication or relief we don’t need to define or have proof of or any established contact with. Let’s say it is what the Greeks called the Really Real, what lies within us, beyond the scrim of our values, positions, convictions, and wounds. Or let’s say it is a cry from deep within to Life or Love, with capital L’s … … Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence. — Anne Lamott

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. — Thich Nhat Hanh

I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty; and wish to see you with a hundred eyes . . . I am in the house of mercy, and my heart is a place of prayer. — Rumi

A PRAYER FOR YOUR WILD SOUL — John O’Donohue 
Give yourself time to make a prayer
that will become the prayer of your soul.
Listen to the voices of longing in your soul.
Listen to your hungers.
Give attention to the unexpected
that lives around the rim of your life.
Listen to your memory and to the inrush of your future,
to the voices of those near you and those you have lost.
Out of all of that attention to your soul,
make a prayer that is big enough for your wild soul,
yet tender enough for your shy and awkward vulnerability;
that has enough healing to gain the ointment of divine
forgiveness for your wounds; enough truth and vigour
to challenge your blindness and complacency;
enough graciousness and vision to mirror your immortal beauty.
Write a prayer that is worthy of the destiny to which you have been called.

ORD’s PRAYER Commentary

The Lord’s Prayer has a central place in Christian worship. The plural “our” is used throughout, so that those giving voice to the prayer acknowledge both the presence of God and their connection to a wider praying community. The first three petitions focus the worshipers’ attention on God. The remaining petitions turn to “our” needs, asking God to help all of “us.” — Craig Koester

The Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father) appears in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. We pray the expanded version from Matthew 6:9-13. It is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus summarizes his proclamation of the gospel, or Good News. In the same way, the Lord’s Prayer is at the heart of this sermon because it can be said to summarize the whole gospel.
       With this prayer, we enter into communion with the Father and with Jesus, who has revealed him to us. Praying this prayer helps us to develop the will to become as humble and trusting as Jesus.
       In the Lord’s Prayer, we praise and glorify God and petition for what we need. There are seven petitions. The first three are addressed to God and draw us to him for his own sake: thy name, thy kingdom, thy will! The last four concern us and our needs that the Father fulfills: give us, forgive us, lead us not, deliver us. — Loyola Press

Initial words on the topic from the Catechism of the Catholic Church teach that it “is truly the summary of the whole gospel”. The prayer is used by most Christian denominations in their worship and with few exceptions, the liturgical form is the version from the gospel of Matthew. Protestants usually conclude the prayer with a doxology (in some versions, “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen”), a later addition appearing in some manuscripts of Matthew. Although theological differences and various modes of worship divide Christians, … there is a sense of solidarity in knowing that Christians around the globe are praying together … and these words always unite us. — wikipedia.com

UPCOMING ANNUAL MEETING: Wed, Jan 18th @ 7pm via Zoom only

Official notice and reminder:

A reminder:  The Annual Meeting of the Jackson Community Church will be held on Wednesday January 18th via Zoom at 7pm. 

Attached is the Annual Meeting Agenda and an amended copy of the Annual Report for your review.  The changes to the annual report:  Inclusion of the Trustees of the Trust Funds Report (Page 27 and attached) and the Team report from Membership and Church Life (Page 34 and attached). 

Physical copies are still available in the front of the church.

Zoom links to the Annual Meeting:

The Annual Meeting is open for all to attend.  Those on the church membership roll have voting privileges.  All other attendees input is welcome.  


AGENDA for Wed, Jan 18th Annual Meeting

Call to order: Meg Phillips, Council Member
Opening Prayer: Rev Gail Doktor, Pastor, Jackson Community Church
Roll call: Joanne Turner, Clerk

Action items:

  • Approval of minutes of last year’s annual meeting
  • Approval of Council action items since last year’s annual meeting
  • Acceptance of Clerk’s report: Joanne Turner
  • Finance report and acceptance of 2023 budget: Joanne Turner

Reports:

  • Trustees of Trust Funds report
  • Acceptance of all reports of ‘champions’ and groups
  • Nominations from the floor

Election of officers and team/champions: Questions and Comments

Other Business

Sun, Jan 15 – Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Weekend

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Old Red Library or zoom link (password required)
    • Join us for poetry, conversation, and prayer.
  • WORSHIP including Martin Luther King Jr Observance
    10:30am • JCC  & in-person
    • Zoom link (password required)
    • Reflection: rev Gail Doktor
    • Flute: Jeanette Heidmann
    • Music Sharon Novak
  • Community Event: SNOW SHOE Tour
    2pm • Tin M tn Conservation Ctr, Albany, NH
    • Join us for a snowshoe tour at Tin Mountain’s Nature Learning Center in Albany, NH. Bring your own snowshoes or rent ours*, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of winter. All are welcome!
    • Non-members:  $15/person or $25/household, snowshoe rental $5/person. Members are Free!
    • Register at tinmountain.org or call 603-447-6991
      *Please arrive at 1:30pm if you are renting snowshoes. Also, bring poles if you prefer to use them while snowshoeing – we do not have any poles.
  • Community Event: XC SKIING & SNOWSHOEING with Jackson Ski Touring
    Trails Open • More info: https://www.jacksonxc.org/trail-report/
  • Community Event: SLEIGH RIDES & SKATING
    Nestlenook Farm, Jackson, NH • More info: https://nestlenookfarmsleighrides.com/
  • Community Event: DOWNHILL SKIING
  • Community Events: MUSIC AROUND TOWN
    • Lostbo Pub @ Black Mountain: Steve Haidaichuk • 3:30-5:30pm
    • Shannon Door: Dan Parkhurst & Rafe • 6-9pm
    • Red Parka Pub: Now Is Now • 8-11pm
    • Shovel Handle Pub: Al Shafner •  5:30-8:30pm

Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas: Twelve drummers drumming

Stamina is the force that drives the drumming; it’s not really a sprint. – Neil Peart

Drums all have their own particulars – each drum has a place where they sound the best – where they ring out and resonate the best, and the head surface isn’t too loose or too tight, mainly so you get a good rebound off of the head. —  Chad Smith

SONGS about DRUMMERS:

CONTEXT of the TWELVE DAYS

Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, 5 January. We have reached the end of the Christmas festival, and tomorrow we celebrate the Epiphany.
     The Twelfth Night parties in the middle ages could be quite rowdy. It was the Feast of Fools in which the order of the world was turned upside down, with fools reigning as kings and people taking on roles that were contrary to their true character. Shakespeare used this night as the setting for his play, Twelfth Night, in which he gives us a picture of such a topsy-turvy world as Viola masquerades as a man, people fall in love across class lines, and the lowly indulge in ridiculous delusions of grandeur.
     It would be foolhardy to deny the Christian significance of all this. By the time the Wise Men arrive in Bethlehem, the Holy Family is living in neither a stable nor in an inn, but in a house. They find the King they have been searching for, but he is not living in a palace. The mediaeval Feast of Fools reminds us that Christmas celebrates nothing less than a world turned upside down in which God becomes man in order that man might become divine.
     The Twelfth Day of Christmas is 5 January, and our celebrations of Christmas traditionally end tonight, on the Twelfth Night, which is then followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. The Twelve Days of Christmas are a festive period linking together these two Great Feasts of the Nativity and Theophany, so that one celebration leads into another.— Patrick Comerford

VALUE of TWELVE GIFTS —PNC

Prices in the service economy also jumped in 2022, reflected in the cost of the performance-based gifts at the back half of True Love’s shopping list. Wage and labor cost growth drove prices higher for the Nine Ladies Dancing ($8,308.12), Eleven Pipers Piping ($3,021.40) and Twelve Drummers Drumming ($3,266.93.) The Ten Lords-a-Leaping – priced on the cost of hiring a ballet company – grew an astounding 24 percent year over year to $13,980, supplanting the swans as the most expensive single gift in the index. — PNC, full article: https://www.pnc.com/insights/our-commitments/customers/pnc-s-christmas-price-index–soars-for-true-loves.html

SYMBOLISM THEORIES

Some historians think the song could be French in origin, but most agree it was designed as a “memory and forfeits” game, in which singers tested their recall of the lyrics and had to award their opponents a “forfeit” — a kiss or a favor of some kind — if they made a mistake. — vox.com, full article: https://www.vox.com/21796404/12-days-of-christmas-explained

Twelve Drummers The Newman Center at Keene State College

The twelve drummers drumming stand for the twelve doctrinal points of the Apostles’ Creed, which are:

1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

5. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.

6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,

9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,

10. the forgiveness of sins,

11. the resurrection of the body,

12. and the life everlasting.

_____

Beat! Beat! Drums!Walt Whitman

Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! blow!

Through the windows—through doors—burst like a ruthless force,

Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,

Into the school where the scholar is studying,

Leave not the bridegroom quiet—no happiness must he have now with his bride,

Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, ploughing his field or gathering his grain,

So fierce you whirr and pound you drums—so shrill you bugles blow.

Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! blow!

Over the traffic of cities—over the rumble of wheels in the streets;

Are beds prepared for sleepers at night in the houses? no sleepers must sleep in those beds,

No bargainers’ bargains by day—no brokers or speculators—would they continue?

Would the talkers be talking? would the singer attempt to sing?

Would the lawyer rise in the court to state his case before the judge?

Then rattle quicker, heavier drums—you bugles wilder blow.

Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! blow!

Make no parley—stop for no expostulation,

Mind not the timid—mind not the weeper or prayer,

Mind not the old man beseeching the young man,

Let not the child’s voice be heard, nor the mother’s entreaties,

Make even the trestles to shake the dead where they lie awaiting the hearses,

So strong you thump O terrible drums—so loud you bugles blow.

_____

The Drum Major of the Freedom Parade — Margaret Burroughs

(For all children who wondered about the tragic event of April 4, 1968 at Memphis.)

My children, my children, remember the day

When the Drum Major of Freedom’s parade went away.

Stop crying now little children and listen

And you will know for the future what really did happen. 

You will know why your father was solemn and grim

And why mother’s eyes were wet at the rim.

You will know why the flags flew at half mast

And why all the buildings were shut tight and fast. 

The Drum Major was down in Memphis that day

Helping the workers to win a raise in pay

When an evil assassin’s bullet

Snuffed his bright young life away.

That’s why we were all so saddened that day

When the life of the Drum Major was taken away.

Who will come forward to stand in his stead?

Who’ll be the Drum Major in the Freedom parade?

My children, our Major was such a good man

Whose life was based on the divine plan.

He loved this country, its people black and white

And believed that all should be imbued with the right. 

That’s why we were all so saddened that day

When the life of the Drum Major was taken away.

We are looking for someone to stand in his stead

We now seek a new leader for the Freedom parade.

Do you know my children that he bore the brunt,

He marched unafraid right up in the front

He marched for Justice for children like you

And a bountier life for your parents too.

That’s why we honor Martin Luther King

He tried with love to make Liberty ring.

He wished everyone in our tortured country

To live together in peace and harmony.

That’s why we were all so saddened that day

When the Drum Major’s life was taken away.

Do you know someone who can stand in his stead?

Do you know someone to lead the parade?

I hear you my children. I hear what you said.

That you children yourselves would lead his parade

That you’ll carry the banner of the Drum Major dear

And march on to full Freedom without any fear.

Our spirits are lifted, our sorrows subside.

You children shall lead us with Dr. King at your side. 

You children of Freedom will stand in his stead.

You children of Freedom will lead the parade. 

March on my children to his distant drumbeat. 

March on my children, keep alive his heartbeat.

When this Peace and Freedom is finally won

Then will Martin Luther King’s work be done. 

______

Drum Dream Girl —  Margarita Engle

On an island of music

in a city of drumbeats

the drum dream girl

dreamed

of pounding tall conga drums

tapping small bongó drums

and boom boom booming

with long, loud sticks

on big, round, silvery

moon-bright timbales.

But everyone

on the island of music

in the city of drumbeats

believed that only boys

should play drums

so the drum dream girl

had to keep dreaming

quiet

secret

drumbeat

dreams.

At outdoor cafés that looked like gardens

she heard drums played by men

but when she closed her eyes

she could also hear

her own imaginary

music.

When she walked under

wind-wavy palm trees

in a flower-bright park

she heard the whir of parrot wings

the clack of woodpecker beaks

the dancing tap

of her own footsteps

and the comforting pat

of her own

heartbeat.

At carnivals, she listened

to the rattling beat

of towering

dancers

on stilts

and the dragon clang

of costumed drummers

wearing huge masks.

At home, her fingertips

rolled out their own

dreamy drum rhythm

on tables and chairs…

and even though everyone

kept reminding her that girls

on the island of music

have never played drums

the brave drum dream girl

dared to play

tall conga drums

small bongó drums

and big, round, silvery

moon-bright timbales.

Her hands seemed to fly

as they rippled

rapped

and pounded

all the rhythms

of her drum dreams.

Her big sisters were so excited

that they invited her to join

their new all-girl dance band

but their father said only boys

should play drums.

So the drum dream girl

had to keep dreaming

and drumming

alone

until finally

her father offered

to find a music teacher

who could decide if her drums

deserved

to be heard.

The drum dream girl’s

teacher was amazed.

The girl knew so much

but he taught her more

and more

and more

and she practiced

and she practiced

and she practiced

until the teacher agreed

that she was ready

to play her small bongó drums

outdoors at a starlit café

that looked like a garden

where everyone who heard

her dream-bright music

sang

and danced

and decided

that girls should always

be allowed to play

drums

and both girls and boys

should feel free

to dream.

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