In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If I Had a Hammer.”

David Rudder, Trini calypsonian extraordinaire, had a song: “Where de Man wid de hammer gone, tell me, tell me where he gone” in tribute to late pannist Rudolph Charles. Steelpans, reputed to be invented in Trinidad & Tobago circa World War II, were hammered into shape (and sound). The Oxford online dictionary defines steelpan as:”a percussion instrument originating in Trinidad, made out of an oil drum with one end beaten down and divided by grooves into sections to give different notes. Also called pan (esp. by players).”

Rudder’s music at that time was influenced greatly by the Shango Baptist spirituals. And where does all of this roundabout talk lead me?

This morning, I read part of Sura Yunus (‘Yunus’ being the Arabic for Prophet Jonah s.a.w.s). There are only two verses in that sura that mentions Yunus specifically by the way. But in the sura were the following ayahs (Yusuf Ali translation quoted):
“Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority), regulating and governing all things. No intercessor (can plead with Him) except after His leave (hath been obtained). This is Allah your Lord; Him therefore serve ye: will ye not receive admonition?
To Him will be your return- of all of you. The promise of Allah is true and sure. It is He Who beginneth the process of creation, and repeateth it, that He may reward with justice those who believe and work righteousness; but those who reject Him will have draughts of boiling fluids, and a penalty grievous, because they did reject Him.
It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a light (of beauty), and measured out stages for her; that ye might know the number of years and the count (of time). Nowise did Allah create this but in truth and righteousness. (Thus) doth He explain His Signs in detail, for those who understand.”

I think of a hammer as an instrument of creation, and would love to be a metal artist……………


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