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Who Can Really Explain What This Poem Means?
Piano and Drums

When at break of day at a riverside
I hear the jungle drums telegraphing
the mystic rhythm, urgent, raw
like bleeding flesh, speaking of
primal youth and the beginning
I see the panther ready to pounce
the leopard snarling about to leap
and the hunters crouch with spears poised;

And my blood ripples, turns torrent,
topples the years and at once I'm
in my mother's laps a suckling;
at once I'm walking simple
paths with no innovations,
rugged, fashioned with the naked
warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts
in green leaves and wild flowers pulsing.

Then I hear a wailing piano
solo speaking of complex ways in
tear-furrowed concerto;
of far away lands
and new horizons with
coaxing diminuendo, counterpoint,
crescendo. But lost in the labyrinth
of its complexities, it ends in the middle
of a phrase at a daggerpoint.

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.

Really confused people, breakdown this poem in pieces! Its by Gabriel  Okara and ot is released for WAEC,JAMB,GCE students and more. So, I need it for my studies.
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Re: Who Can Really Explain What This Poem Means?
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The author was talking about childhood and youth, it is evident from this line speaking of
primal youth and the beginning
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Another line which reinforce this is I'm walking simple
paths with no innovations,
rugged, fashioned with the naked
warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts
in green leaves and wild flowers pulsing.

The line above describes how childhood is, as a child it's so sweet when you learn how to walk so you happily run in hurrying feet.
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Good one

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I am Clinton! Act Now! I hope you love my stories.

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good one