Ode To Songs That Were Never Written

Going uncelebrated
The best words
Great music
Were never written

Because we’re too busy
To celebrate the whispering
Echoes of what might be

Nitpicking through our persnickety lives
Ignorant know-it-alls
Drifting with the aimless
Illusion of purpose

Not knowing what we don’t know
We can’t hear
The song that wasn’t written
But it’s there
Under the surface
Waiting –

It’s joined by unwritten words
Multitudes of them
Songs and words
A symphony of silence

And I’m asking you
Here and now
To try to listen
To my imagination
And the grief I feel
For the potential
Of what could have been written
And the notes that still echo
Somewhere

— Jerry Danielsen

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