The setting is a Malay village which is representative of a lot of Malay villages nowadays as a result of development and change. It contrasts the village of old in which nature abounds with flowers and dewdrops and rain and sunsets.
The flute talked about in the poem is made of bamboo, which is reminiscent of tradition and old values. This traditional, happy village has gone. The village has no life now. It has become old, quiet and deserted.
Perhaps young people, who are unemployed have gone to the towns to find jobs. The paddy fields are not being planted now as there are not many people left to work the fields. It is a very bleak and despondent and hopeless setting.