When there is hardly time for our love
I am feeling guilty
To be longing for your song
The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo
Uncovered by the breath of an artist
Composed by his fingers
Blown by the wind
To the depth of my heart
Are you still playing your flute?
In the village so quiet and deserted
Amidst the sick rice fields
While here it has become a luxury
To spend time watching the rain
Gazing at the evening rays
Collecting dew drops
Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers
The more it disturbs my conscience
to be thinking of you
in the hazard of you
my younger brothers unemployed and desperate
my people disunited by politics
my friends slaughtered mercilessly
this world is too old and bleeding
You can find the answer in line 5 of the first stanza: The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the
2. Who are the two personae?
The main persona is a woman who is talking to her beloved, the flutist. We know the flutist is a man
because in line 7 of the first stanza the woman refers to his fingers. Answer is B.
3. What is the atmosphere in the village as described in the second stanza?
4. Describe in your own words what the poet means by sick rice fields.
We can only guess from the context of the poem that the place is deserted and there is the likelihood that young people have abandoned the village, and there aren't enough people to work the rice fields. mention is also made in the last stanza about my younger brothers unemployed and desperate. Are these the same young people who deserted the village? You could write your answer:
The sick rice fields probably refers to abandoned rice fields because the young have left the village to go to the city.