Nothing Like the Sun:
A Celebration of November’s Rhythms
November 6, 2021
Join the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry and special guest Chicago drummer River Roberts for a celebration of the movement of November into the world. This event will include poetry, music, and nature in ROMP’s outdoor area.
River Roberts, a rhythm and drum specialist, will be at the museum for a drumming workshop and drumming/rhythm circle with audience-participation.
At night, we will have a rhythm circle where people can join in with drums, maracas, tambourines, and other rhythm instruments. Bring your own drum or instrument.
Drum Workshop: 2:00-3:00
Rhythm Circle: 6:00-7:30
Refreshments will be provided!
All events are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ROMP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations fund the museum’s continuing work.
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
by EDWARD THOMAS
There’s nothing like the sun as the year dies,
Kind as it can be, this world being made so,
To stones and men and beasts and birds and flies,
To all things that it touches except snow,
Whether on mountains side or street of town.
The south wall warms me: November has begun,
Yet never shone the sun as fair as now
While the sweet last-left damsons from the bough
With spangles of the morning’s storm drop down
Because the starling shakes it, whistling what
Once swallows sang. But I have not forgot
That there is nothing, too, like March’s sun,
Like April’s, or July’s, or June’s, or May’s,
Or January’s, or February’s, great days:
August, September, October, and December
Have equal days, all different from November.
No day of any month but I have said—
Or, if I could live long enough, should say—
‘There’s nothing like the sun that shines today.’
There’s nothing like the sun till we are dead.