KREATIVE KORNA: In the Small Hours by Wole Soyinka.

Blue diaphane, tobacco smoke
Serpentine on wet film and wood glaze, 
Mutes chrome, wreathes velvet drapes,
Dims the cave of mirrors. Ghost fingers
Comb seaweed hair, stroke aquamarine veins 
Of marooned mariners, captives 
Of Circe’s sultry notes. The barman
Dispenses igneous potions?
Somnambulist, the band plays on.

Nigerian playwright and political activist Wole Soyinka.

Cocktail mixer, silvery fish
Dances for limpet clients.
Applause is steeped in lassitude,
Tangled in webs of lovers’ whispers
And artful eyelash of the androgynous.
The hovering notes caress the night 
Mellowed deep indigo? Still they play.

Departures linger. Absences do not
deplete the tavern. They hang over the haze 
As exhalations from receded shores. Soon,
Night repossesses the silence, but till dawn
The notes hold sway, smoky
Epiphanies, possessive of the hours.

This music’s plaint forgives, redeems 
the deafness of the world. Night turns
Homewards, sheathed in notes of solace, pleats
The broken silence of the heart. 

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