Wednesday, 20 March 2013

This other percussion

Long before drummer’s finger 
grazes, caresses and draws
from hide and rim
ancient rhythms 
born of elemental fury
and everyday love
the thirsts and hungers
laced with contentment,
long before drum roll 
moves foot to dance
body to sway
turns arm, hand and finger
into articles of grace,
there’s practiced artistry
tender play of finger on skin
tightening of sinew
glistening on skin,
wresting of rhythm
from fire and earth
the coaxing of movement
and stilling of passion:
the beginning and end
of percussion.

[inspired by the photography of Chandana Wijesinghe and published in the FINE Section of 'The Nation', March 17, 2013]