March on to the Steady Beat of the Drummer

differing opinions.

Beat! Beat! Drummer boy, beat loud on your drum!

What cares do you have beating out rum tum tum?
March! March! Soldier boy, march until you drop.
What hope do you have that this war will stop?

Cringe! Cringe! Coward, cringe! Cringe from your fears.
What proof do you have that your fears bring tears?
Cry! Cry! Homeless lad, cry to your God.
What cloak do you have but the cloak of sod?

Scold! Scold! Mother dear, scold all your sons.
What love do you have in a word that stuns?
Drive! Drive! Father dear, drive for your boss.
What wealth do you have, money gain is loss?

Kiss! Kiss! Lover, kiss. Adultery is sweet.
What guilt do you have, we so seldom meet?
Pray! Pray! Optimist, pray for an end to strife.
What chance do you have that you’ll survive your wife?

Curse! Curse! Pessimist, curse the world’s fate.
What cure do you have now that it’s too late?
Brag! Brag! Autocrat, brag about your deeds.
What sign do you have that your way succeeds?

Teach! Teach! Mystic, teach! Teach your holy laws.
What truth do you have free from any flaws?
Write! Write! Wise old man, write about your dreams.
What words do you have that can muffle screams?

Chic Hollis is a longtime drummer and motorcyclist, who served in the US Air Force in North Africa. Married 4 times with 5 children born in 5 different countries on four continents, Chic is a politically independent citizen of the world interested in helping Americans understand the reality that is life overseas where many intelligent, educated, and industrious people aren’t as privileged as we are in the US. He studied Latin, Greek, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German and ran several large companies. Sadly, Chic Has left this planet and we miss him very much, but we are very pleased to display his amazing writing works.