Drum and drums are both plural
Drum, of course, is singular too
Is the reference to a fish
Or to a percussion instrument?
A fish is one drum or a thousand drum
Red and black drum live in the sea.
Red drum, red fish different names, same fish.
Blackened red fish, famous Cajun fare
Black drum, fresh and salt, don’t fare so well.
That’s what they say anyway, the consensus.
I caught two fifteen pound black drum
Way down in Corpus Christi (Body of Christ).
A one eyed waterfowl guide told me
Cook them using a complex recipe
Tasted better than any wafer I ever ate.
I used to catch a lot of drum
Sixty years ago in the Osage River
The Osage is under Truman Reservoir
But I still catch a lot of drum anyhow.
I used worms for drum when I was a boy
Rubber jigs are my bait of choice now.
We used to eat all we caught
Now I throw them all back
Some say drum are excellent fare
That is not at all what I remember.
Pound for pound they can fight
I spent a lot of Summers here
Scout Camp drums across the River
I danced to them back then
Grown up, I left my boyhood home
Learned to dance to different drums.
When I returned I learned to play
Different drums on various holidays
One thing I learned and it’s the Truth
Drums are the heartbeat of the Earth
Take from the past the best
Be not afraid to leave the rest
Tradition’s chains don’t bind me
Different rhythms set us free.