Last Beat

final ringing shot
echoing as the end
of a one-hundred year war
hello and goodbye to
another day
fearing this fear
if it goes away
the song’s done too
much never enough
what if I don’t get more time?
echoing and then an end too
scared to hope
the fighting’s done
for good
tomorrow comes with
hello and goodbye
sing another song still
not done yet.

Poetry and photography by Hazel J. Hall.

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