When music joyfully calls out to us,
It takes a moment for us to perceive
The invitation to respond, and thus
We pause, not wishing to appear naïve.
But with the second call we understand
Just what we are expected to repeat.
It’s both request and cheerful reprimand
That silence makes the music incomplete.
To ask the audience to join the song
Turns passive listener to chorus member.
The phrases are not intricate or long,
And with each repetition, they remember.
So raise your arms and voices when you’re told-
Your pleasure will increase a hundredfold.