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Piano and Drums
By Gabriel Okara
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Clash of Culture
· Aspects of colonisation
· Modern and Old way of life…read more

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Stanza 1 Piano
and drums
represent the
When at the break of day at a riverside Never
I hear jungle drums telegraphingAfrican
his culture
because he
grew away
The mystic rhythm, urgent, raw roots.
from it
This is the
Like bleeding flesh, speaking of He was
between the
Africans and
taken away the Europeans
Primal youth and the beginning, from his
before they
when he Africa.
I see the panther ready to pounce,
was young
­ Africans
The leopard snarling to leap are hunters
And the hunters crouch with spears poised…read more

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Stanza 2
And my blood ripples, turns torrent, Has
feelings for
his culture
Topples the years and at once I'm
In my mothers laps a suckling; recollections
At once I'm walking simple,
Path with no innovations Add things to something
Rugged, fashioned with the naked Not
Warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts
In green leaves and wild flowers pulsing. Youth and
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Stanza 3
Then I hear a wailing Piano Not positive tone
Solo speaking of complex ways Europeans have
complex confusing
In tear furrowed concerto; Europeans don't mix with others
Of far away lands Europeans have gone to faraway lands
And new horizons with Deceiving the Africans
Coxing diminuendo, counterpoint
Crescendo. But lost in the labyrinth
Not simple
Of its complexities, it ends in the middle
Of a phrase at dagger point After the colonization's the Europeans
show their true colors which is like the
pause of their pianos…read more

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Stanza 4
And I lost in the morning mist
Of an age at a riverside keep
Wandering in the mystic rhythm
Of jungle drums and the concerto
He's part of both African and western
culture so he must adapt to both…read more


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