Niyi Osundare

1947 / Ikere-Ekiti

In the moon for love

The moon is playing hide-and-seek
Behind the clouds. A mellow smile
Lingers on the lips of the sky

Tides tease and tangle
At the water's edge. The buck eyes
The doe with a deep, alluring passion

Sun mo bi, Ologuro*
I am in the mood for love tonight

I can hear pigeons cooing
In their coop. I can hear alapandede**
Swapping notes in the shady eaves

Oge*** taunts the wind with its restless tail
In the narrow lane between the walls
The baobab's bulbous boon is swinging in the wind

Sun mo bi, Ologuro
I am in the mood for love tonight

Touch my tale
Smell my song
Behold the dotted lines

On the pages of my skin
Unfurl my flower
Unravel my rave

Sun mo bi, Ologuro
I am in the mood for love tonight

Stir little fires in the furrow between my ridges
Plant me, a song, in your loamy acres
Palm my memory, mold my mask

Let rasping leaves caress the fruit
At the branch's edge. Quench this quest
With the magic of murmuring moments

Sun mo bi, Ologuro
I am in the mood for love tonight

Settle this score with the argument
Of the heart. Uphold my plea. Roar
Heavenwards on the wings of my song

See my face beyond the mirror
Plumb my soul. Undread my dream.
Say my name. My name, my name. Say my name. . .

Sun mo bi, Ologuro
I am in the mood for love tonight
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