Samba Signals

On_the_march.JPGThe band heads the carnival down Main Street
Synchronising Sao Paolo with Surrey Hills
As the leader lifts a hand in semaphore
Signalling syncopation down the line.
Carriages ready on the rail track
With a crack over joints and points
In a bombardment of bionic percussion
Sending messages up deadened nerves
Stirring the paralysed child into action
As the signal goes red with a hand on the head
And there’s a whistle down the platform
Evoking drum rolls and triple rhythm replies
Suggesting it’s all about to end
While he gives the victory salute.
August 2010
A child with severe cerebral palsy responds to Samba.
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