A Prayer of Peace for The Sherman Brothers

(Today Robert B. Sherman died on March 5, 2012.)

A Prayer of Peace for the Sherman Brothers
Chim Chim Cheree
such a light and breezy
kite into the chimney
tops of London

what wonderous and childlish words
of nonsense and carefree
a world spun from gummy bears
and licorice sticks

places children run to,
the arms of a Nanny
whose umbrella
holds the mystery
of flight
opening its face
to the clouds

such songs created
later I learned
from a crucible
of war,
and the dagger
of sibling rivarly

the words spun
hummed tenderly
penned romantically,
by souls whose
hearts guided
us to adventure
brothers whose hearts
filled us with
dreams of peace
and love,
the right melody,
I wonder how animosity
rooted itself,
scarring the bond?
between brothers
if love drains through
a hole in a paper cup,
never to be re-visited,
if relationships are more
fragile than just knowing
where we grew up,
and who we belong to?

At 17, Robert Sherman
waded through
the shoreline of Omaha,
littered with bodies
blown by land mines,

i don’t know what Bob
searched for enlisting so young
what waited for him
on those foreign shores,
later to liberate Dachau,
with only a bayonet beyond
grief, no words

if death lays in wait,
even if it doesn’t ensnare,
it captures something
in its barbarism

Richard stayed
behind, banging
tunes on ivory keys

pensive and limping
whose brooding
eyes do not sing
reluctantly joined Richard
in a homage to their father
whose mantra,

“keep it simple,
keep it singable,
and keep it sincere”

Disney adopted them
nicknaming them,
“the boys”,
Richard and Robert
took the world
for a spin on a carousel
of dreams,
took us by the hands

“It’s a Small World After All.”

was the medicine
were the bandages
that took us through Vietnam
and beyond,

still Robert and Richard
could not bind
the spirtual wounds

years of working together
could not rewind
when Disney passed
sentimentalism did
not patch whatever
rips were in the fabric
of their histories,
parents they buried,
receptions were held miles
apart for the same mother
and father,

unforgiveness seems
a strange legacy
for songbirds whose
visions showered millions
with prayers for a world

“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears,
it’s a world of hopes, and a world of fears,
there’s so much that we share
that’s it’s time we’re aware
“It’s a Small World After All.”


A Prayer of Peace for The Sherman Brothers

Matty B. Duran

Fresno, United States

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(Today Robert B. Sherman died, March 5, 2012.)This is a re-post. I saw a documentary the other day, entitled, “the boys, The Sherman Brothers’ Story”. Then I realized I had grown up with their music my whole life. They had written the soundtrack of my life. These two men who worked for Walt Disney in the 1960’s were responsible for such soundtracks as Mary Poppins (1964), which they received two Academy Awards for, Best Original Song, Chim Chim Cheree, and Best Original Score, The Sword in the Stone (1963), Winnie-the-Pooh (1966) The Jungle Book (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Bednobs and Broomsticks (1971), Snoopy Come Home (1972), Charlotte’s Web (1973), to name a few.
They had written songs for Annette Funicello of Mousekateer Fame. Such melodies as Tall Paul and The Monkey’s Uncle.
More recently Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are both on Broadway, and on Tour.
They wrote the Beloved Song, “It’s Small World”, in 1964 for the World’s Fair in New York, and now has been heard by millions in the Small World ride for decades.

As light as their music is, the Sherman Brothers had a tumultous relationship, did not socialize in private, and although the two lived only seven blocks away never visited one another.
The documentary film was written, directed and produced by the sons of these musical giants.
It was created to shed some light on the quiet feud these two beloved songwriters struggled with.

Born of Russian Jew immigrants, their father Al Sherman was a tin pan alley songwriter in the 1920’s and 1930’s, their mother was a silent film actress.
Robert B. Sherman was born on December 19, 1925 and Richard M. Sherman was born on June 12, 1928.
Robert enlisted in the Army at 17, and fought in the Second World War, where he was decorated, and was wounded in the knee. He limps, and has walked with a cane ever since then.
Richard never went overseas, enlisted in 1950, but never saw action in the Korean War.

Although I used to see their names on the credits of beloved childhood movies, I never knew anything about them.
Richard M. Sherman resides in Beverly Hills, Ca., while Robert B. Sherman lives in London, England after he became a widower in 2001.

For all they had given my young heart, this is a prayer of peace for the Sherman Brothers.
May they find the Healing of Our Beloved Saviour Jesus Christ.

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