African Drum

The Instrument of Music

In Africa, drum convey

Clarion calls than words of mouth

The sound of drum can

Send souls and senses quivering

With keen throes and

Children and toothless old

Ones may dance wildly

Like those possessed

By demonic spirits.

The rhythm of the African drum

Can a wrestler drive to

His greatest feats of strength.

The hypnotic beat of

African drum

Can into frenzy against

Enemies send a warrior.

The African drum sends coded

Messages to sons and daughters

Who are heroes and heroines

That quickens the blood.

The untrained ears will

Listen but not comprehend

Its intrinsic message.

African drum, a vehicle

Of communication.


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