17. Evolution

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Sari Max

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17. Evolution (2:03)

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Poem by Ben Max with Music by Sari Max



From single celled organism

Onward toward human

Took millions of years


Along the way

There came noises

Grunts, screams,

And possibly laughs

Before words.


Was the first laugh

Due to a tickle

Was it due to a fall

Was it due to a sneeze.


The first laugh wasn’t due to a joke

Was it due to a whistle.


Was the first song ever sung

A thing of beauty

Was it a conscious decision

Did it have words.


The first song ever sung

Must not have had rhythm

Must have felt great

Continues to sound


Is the chorus of every song that is sung

The backbone of prayer.


Was the first prayer ever prayed

Talking to God

Was it asking for help

Was it love.


The first prayer ever prayed

Wasn’t at church

Where was it facing

Was it asking for fire


Was it sung?



Music: The First Song Ever Sung by Sari Max

Track 17



This poem, by Ben Max, was inspired by track 2, The First Song Ever Sung.  Ben took the core idea to new places and it is one of my very favorites of his considerable body of work as a poet. I loved reciting it (its introspective nature is quite powerful and awe-inspiring) and having Jeff Harris’ improvised accompaniment of The First Song Ever Sung played underneath.