The Panther ready to pounce could be the new nations wanting to take over and the leopard snarling and about to leap could be Africa refusing the change. Hunters crouch could mean their desperate and they have much heartache with their spears poised trying to be in control. When it states my blood ripples turns torrent, toppler I see hatred and outrage. Then when he goes back years and is on his mothers lap its like going to the beginning and feeling safe, warmth and love. It then says walking a simple path with no innovations, to me thats like something easy with no ambition wanting to keep things the same. Not wanting to change, but knowing it has to be done.
Then through this path their being hurried with hurrying feet, and naked warmth and a groping heart pulsing. This is Africa procrastinating but the nations rushing them to change.
Then comes the piano to me other nations wailing, solo speaking; thats the new complex technologies that Africa does not contain but needs desperately. New horizons is going into the unknown and feeling lost. When it ends in the middle of the dagger point is when the cultures mix. The morning mist cleared and again there at the riverside with the rhythm of the mystic jungle drums and this again comes new nations coming again and again with new changes. So Im taking the poem as no matter what Africa does other nations will always keep coming with new changes, they cant get comfortable because with time comes change. Even though they dont like it at first and they feel uncomfortable from which they came, in the end the change and the mixing of the nations is good.
Some of the abstract ideas and concrete images are equal and I do think you need one to rely on the other because if you have a concrete image its always going to give you some kind of an abstract idea if not more than one. When I get the image of going back to my mothers lap a suckling, I automatically think of my beginning, safety, warmth, and love. Another example is when they say walking a simple path, I think of something easy and a destiny that was made for me to take.