Spirit and the Drum

Spirit and the Drum

A Poem by Onyia-ota, Kingsley Chukwuebuka

Africa festival of dance and western music.

Spirit and the Drum

The spirit of the drum is not music - settled!
Drums are mad on the hand of the drummers?
They sing, intoxicated trenchant of the spirit -
The boys; and maidens dance like palm wine in
The Jars are happy; at the centre of the village
Square is thirsty with the palm-cup that drinks.

Some can drink; they knew, some can only dance
With vigour, hips wear Gigida and rhyme with time
Of sound skillfully; quizzically looks into the eyes
Of the drummers are Shnapps; while others clap, and
Dance with Abacha n' Ugba; the snuff sneaks into -
The nostril and rolls out the mucus at the conner.

Music is not happy with the drums before it dance
And cried like a child; there is no consolation from
The musical world against the crescendo of our -
Drums; the music is naked on the stage, apparently,
It wore all clothe of cultural luxury is half-cover.

Sound is dumb that wakes men up from the sleep
After they chewed the kola-nut; the boys are shaking,
Littering dust and particles, the foot is needle that
Hooks on the soil, male significant dance of the maiden.

They beat the drums; drag him beneath the arm's pit,
In-between the two thighs - the boys dance and laugh
The hips of the maiden are gyrating, circling randomly.

© 2017 Onyia-ota, Kingsley Chukwuebuka

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Very powerful promotion of drum and dance and their correlation to each other. What it all means to the participants and their effect on the psyche is what I gather. Kudos

Posted 3 Years Ago

Onyia-ota, Kingsley Chukwuebuka

3 Years Ago

I really appreciates, Sami.
Sami Khalil

3 Years Ago

You are welcome. Any time.
I can see them dancing now
Using all their strength
Some may drink.. Interesting
Some may not... More interesting
Maybe some are drunken with the spirit
Of the dance...


Posted 3 Years Ago

Onyia-ota, Kingsley Chukwuebuka

3 Years Ago

O! What a wanderful review. Thank you, Nightingale.
J. J.  Nightingale

3 Years Ago

You are most welcome................. JAZZY

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Added on October 29, 2017
Last Updated on October 29, 2017
Tags: culture, zeal, music, Africa, love, dance.


Onyia-ota, Kingsley Chukwuebuka
Onyia-ota, Kingsley Chukwuebuka

Enugu, Eastern, Nigeria, Nigeria

A student, from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In love with writing Poems, Short stories and Play and (Novel*) Note: Poetry can not be subjected to any single definition. We know, of course, ther.. more..