"Drum"

Langston Hughes

   
  Bear in mind
  That death is a drum
  Beating forever

 

Till the last worms come

 

To answer its call,

 

Till the last stars fall,

 

Until the last atom
  Is no atom at all,

 

Until time is lost
  And there is no air
  And space itself
  Is nothing nowhere,
  Death is a drum,

 

A signal drum,
 

Calling life

 

To come!

 

Come!

 

Come!