The Band Played On

Through pain and dust
The band played on
Unknowing of the future
The band played on
Unable to change the past
The band played on
Tears upon their eyes
The band played on
With a sorrowful song
The band played on
No idea what else to do
The band played on
A final breath and note
The band died

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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22 Responses to The Band Played On

  1. sknicholls says:

    LOL…for some reason, my head started playing Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On…over and over. Nice tune 🙂


  2. ioniamartin says:

    The band for the Titanic maybe. Drums keep pounding a rhythm…la de da de da…and the beat goes on


  3. You are showing your youth not knowing “The Beat Goes On”, either that or I am just getting old. Great poem.


  4. I like the idea of a dedication to the task at hand no matter what. I too thought of the Titanic. Good job.


  5. I liked this a lot, Charles – this feels to me me what it’s like when something overtakes your existence/soul so completely you have no choice but to play on. I thought of the Titanic too, but this one feels deeper. Lovely.


  6. And did another band step in? We know the show must go on… 🙂


  7. Ellespeth says:

    I get a haunting feeling from this poem.


  8. grovewithin says:

    made me think of the Titanic, sad to think they knew the end was near and yet they continued playing. Or so I read. Sad, but beautiful poem.


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