Thursday July 7th 2016Tim
many theories, but the thing about the Drums of the
Acholi was they represented a higher consistency.
Something reliable that did not move to the whims of
something like an electorate, or the wiles of something
like a politician, or the fear of something like hunger
or unfairness. No matter the circumstance the drums
always sounded the same, they were given their own hut,
their own place to be and they were cared for. Sometime
in the 1970's the Drums of the Acholi were stolen,
probably sold to a far away collector The question where
are these drums in our world as it is today.
sometimes see them in obedience to constitutions, hear them
in a national anthem, observe them in the toll of a church
bell or the call from a minaret or in the claxon of a
factory at the end of shift, you can feel them in the pin
pricks of an economist's equations and yet for some of us
the consistency of the drums has gone. The sound of them,
the knowledge of them lost to uncertainty of tightropes and
conjurors. Call it The Lead Bull of Socio-economic
Development if you prefer. Follow him into the dark night,
return again as a child if you're lucky. Me, I'm going to
try and pickle this years crop of onions.