January 19, 2013
Dr. M. Lynn Barnes
Abstract ideas and concrete images sometimes merge in “Piano and Drums” by I think piano being Africa and the drums being other nations. I understood the concrete images as the riverside and the abstract ideas being that the riverside is calm, peaceful, serine, and just how Africa has been for decades. The jungle drums are abstract and the other nations coming with their mystic rhythms, their more advanced than Africa that is what makes them mystic. Bleeding flesh to me is like Africa’s struggle, urgent and raw. Speaking of primal youth is like uncertainty of the beginning of some new changes in Africa.
The Panther ready to pounce could be the new nations wanting to take over and the leopard snarling and about to leap could be Africa refusing the change. Hunters crouch could mean their desperate and they have much heartache with their spears poised trying to be in control. When it states my blood ripples turns torrent, toppler I see hatred and outrage. Then when he goes back years and is on his mother’s lap it’s like going to the beginning and feeling safe, warmth and love. It then says walking a simple path with no innovations, to me that’s like something easy with no ambition wanting to keep things the same. Not wanting to change, but knowing it has to be done.
Then through this path their being hurried with hurrying feet, and naked warmth and a groping heart pulsing. This is Africa procrastinating but the nations rushing them to change.
Then comes the piano to me other nations wailing, solo speaking; that’s the new complex technologies that Africa does not contain but needs desperately. New horizons is going into the unknown and feeling lost. When it ends in the middle of the dagger point is when the cultures mix. The morning mist cleared and again there at the riverside with the rhythm of the mystic jungle drums and this again comes new nations coming again and again...