Poem II: The Shouldered Cornet

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The Shouldered Cornet

The shouldered cornet breathes the sun
Of wars long past, of those to come
It glints and shines, reflecting light
Onto the spoilt fields

The shouldered cornet breathes new life
Into the depths of timeless fights
The men take up their needed arms
And raise their trusted shields

The shouldered cornet kissed the lips
And felt the strength in fingertips
Of oh so many gallant friends
Whom it may kiss no more

“Strike up! Strike out!”  the cornet cries,
To sounds of battle in reply
Yet over the cacophony
Its powerful voice soars

The shouldered cornet passes on
From fallen friend with outstretched arms
And each new master knows its worth
Drawing it up in kind

The shouldered cornet knows no songs
Save those of loss, of husbands gone
Of brothers, sons who gave their souls
But linger in the mind

The shouldered cornet rests each night
And sleeps to call out to the sight
Of dawn upon the pitch below
But for now is at rest

So when you hear the cornet call
Take up your arms! And above all
Fight with honor, for in the its cry
You and I
Oh, You and I
You and I are so blessed

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from The Albatross, released December 14, 2013

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Devin Sinha Seattle, Washington

Devin is a singer/songwriter living in Seattle, hailing from Midwestern roots as he spent most of his life around Kansas City. His style is primarily acoustic indie/folk, mixing autobiographical flavors into his fiction of poetry and music. Songs tend toward narrative verse, with lyrics and feeling taking front row center, often complemented by guitar, keyboard, and bass. ... more

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