The Opening


Drummers beat out the rhythm of harmony from their bongos

as they enter the rear of the chapel

with skillful artistry and measured synchronicity

fingers palms heels of the hands strike forcibly

upon the hollow of the vessel we call the drum

melodious flowing sounds that invade our very souls

dare us not to acknowledge that cadence has control

of our throbbing hearts and pulsating blood as it flows

throughout the arterial maze of our very being.


The rise and fall of deep and high pitch influences the dynamics

that give movement to the airways

engages our thoughts in dance

as our sanctuary keeps pace with the tempo

the full deep rich voluminous and sonorous sounds

that the African drummers pound out

bring this audience of 1000

into a oneness of harmony

we call the one mind.


©Gloria Lawson Sylvester

-Gloria Lawson Sylvester

“I am my ancestors and a Sacred African Woman Elder appreciating my value and service to the global community. The expression of my worth comes through the arts of poetry, visual art, music, and professional speaking.”

Profile: An author, poet, professional speaker, workshop presenter, and appointed Poet Laureate of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel in 2000, Gloria published her first book of poetry, Prelude A Demonstration of Life (2000) and College Planning and Funding Handbook (1994), acted as Poet-in-Residence in private and public schools (including special education students) teaching character development principles through her personal project, Self-Empowerment Through Poetry. Gloria will be publishing two books of poetry in 2018, including one for children.

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Image:  The CORE Drummers, Global Culture Night, Florence, AL

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