Native Americans Drumming


Letter D: Dawn to Dusk Drumming

Ding-dong, ding-dong, rang the bells:
villagers have come for the dance—
daffodils, daisies, dandelions
in dewy December daylight.

From dawn to dusk there's drumming
to dispel dreadful disaster.
Don't drive while drunk— dangerous
detour will deal early demise.

"Do or Die!" declared on-deck pirate
"Dump him to the deep ocean!"
Dwell on the divine when distressed—
dolphins will bring you to dry land.

Daniel in the Lion's Den,
Samson deceived by Delilah,
Damage to city of David,
Cast down to depth of the earth.

Donald Duck at Disneyland's door,
Darth Vader will delight you more.
Drinking desserts in the desert
will delay the dooms-day's death.

Dagwood dozed off, Doonesbury and
Dibert dreaming on— day's comics
drifting into the distance
of the dark, damp, dense dirt road.

Discover the data for drugs
to demolish depression—
Self-discipline to detach from
desires & dream of your True Self.

Developed devotion to these
writers who gave directions—
Dante, Descartes, & Delacroix
freed me from the dust & doubt.

Where is the Dragon bringing rain?
I'm dizzy and dazzled in despair
until the Dove soars by to show me
beyond Deluge to the Promised Land.

        — Peter Y. Chou
            Mountain View, 9-7-2020