A Different Drum My nieces grow knowing dreams I did not see: muscled women making music's heart thump, flutter, leap Women's hands on skin, strong and free calling rhythm from conga, drawing soul's heat. Women on those park benches, in the maestro's seat summoning the crowd to dance, playing the street with skill aye!, grace and deft assurance Twice reclaiming our role in tympani No alien mallets hammering our history Recreate in play the old new ways with dundun, aguche, agogo, shekere, o mamas, do it again, tambourine, bafoko, tama, djeme, woman hands on membrane, woman hands on skin. Notes: Bafoko - calabash with skin Tama - "talking" drum Djeme - goatskin head worn hanging from shoulder with open bottom Shekere - gourd with shells or beads
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