The subject is change, about how change has come to a village and how people have responded to the changes, including the flautist.
It is about conditions in a village in happier times before change came and brought unfortunate consequences.
When change happens in a bad way, people become victims –‘desperate’, ‘slaughtered’, ‘merciless’; the place has changed – become ‘sick’, ‘deserted’; there is ‘hazard’ and ‘disunity’. Where once there was music playing, now only silence and emptiness remains. People have no time to listen to music or spend their leisure time playing with dew, smelling flowers, watching the sun set and rain falling and listening to music and spending time with friends.