Music Of The People


These sounds were born in sad and mournful souls
Which found expression with the music made.
Each voice, or by the instruments they played
Laid bare the burning hot emotional coals.
Variety in form was often rare,
Enabling free ad-lib for those who knew.
By having such a scheme the chosen few
Articulated music all could share.
Revisiting a pattern so well known
Became the means of camaraderie,
Led by the words and tunes their history,
Untold before, would now be sung and shown.
Each line then leads a further telling part;
Supplies the message of a suffering heart.


© Tom Chapman 2018



I would like to hear from anyone who has solved
this sonnet and knows what the music is.
Please email me before the first Sunday in April.