Duet #2: Thoughts on Dinner – By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan L. Daniels

Noel:
the thought of what to eat is as important as how and where to eat

Susan:
Yes, what can we feed on to justify
a meeting between 2 continents,
tectonic plates that do not overlap;
separated by oceanic crust

this food must be elemental & necessary as air;
and where and how will arise from the answer

Noel:
Do we stuff ourselves or should we feel ourselves to a place where we can fill ourselves with us

to this place where fresh palmwine, the nectar of the gods foams and froths and speaks to our dry throats

Susan:
Here, I speak of earth & water

& tangible things

you whisper a banquet made for gods, of souls, of soil, of fruits
never imagined

from the tree we plant together;
this meal can only be by us, for us, and of us

Noel:
Come away to this place where the gentle moon wraps the winking stars in the soft velvety mantle of its embrace, embellishing them in generous streams of silver rays
bathing us in its glow,
where we shall float weightless buoyed by the lightness of our kindled kindred spirits,
come to this dinner, the rolling boundless ocean shall be our table, spread out before us, linking us, seamless, rippling like us, full – the waves shall sing and dance for us and with and by us, and drown out the tiring world in its loud songs of approval as it laps and rolls for us and with us

Susan:
To meet you there, I will leap over the dateline,
like a child jumping rope, or skipping a chip of shale
across the Caribbean;

I will dream this tonight & wrap us in those rays
that I will braid into one light, rays that now touch our faces
a day apart, on different sides of the earth

Noel:
Let us go hand in hand to this banquet of sharing, of caring across the oceans, bridging distances, the oceans roaring in raucous laughter below us,
the star filled night bathed in the soft beams of the approving moon looking on, let us go to this banquet
where anxious hands trace fine circles that mean nothing and yet are full of meanings, that say nothing yet say everything

Susan:
You will not have to teach me this language;
I am a woman who knows full well the words you would trace,
the worlds I would sketch: a silence
that sings twinned in our blood

*** This is my second duet with a great lady, Susan – onye obi omam ! It was an honor and joy to sing and alternate my verses with those of  this great lady and poetess whose poetic voice radiates such originality, charm, soul and elan. A poetic conversation with her fills you with such intense satisfaction and takes you to another level – this was and is my experience as we exchanged verses across the broad oceans on cyberwaves.  Incidentally, this second duet between Susan and myself was inspired by her beautiful and well crafted poem  “What’s for Dinner”   –  so in many ways, this poem is actually a plaigiarism of Susan’s original creativity! My debt to Susan is therefore immense!

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10 Responses to “Duet #2: Thoughts on Dinner – By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan L. Daniels”


  1. 1 Susan L Daniels May 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Plagiarism–no, no; a definite improvement & expansion of the original idea 🙂

    Still wrapping my head around this one….

  2. 3 Susan L Daniels May 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    🙂 true!

    As an aside, another blog put out a post titled “A praise song for mamas.” That begs for a poem, I think–they (it is a collective) used it for a comment & a Mother’s Day play list. Don’t know if my voice is the one to do it justice, though–it needs your rolling magic 🙂 That is a STRONG HINT, my friend….

    • 4 Noel Ihebuzor May 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Ready when you are – the wish of my poetess is my command!

      • 5 Susan L Daniels May 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        You are far too charming, my poet! If we are going to continue this, I am just going to give you editor’s/author’s privileges on my blog, so you can put ideas out there, edit drafts, etc. Are you game?

      • 6 Susan L Daniels May 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        I sent you a message/invitation to edit on my blog–I believe that will let you post drafts, etc., without having to do that passing back and forth in e-mail. Not sure exactly how that works, but we’ll figure it out 🙂

  3. 7 Noel Ihebuzor May 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    so kind and sweet of you!

  4. 9 theinveterateblogger May 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This is a very creative duet. Beautiful verses.

  5. 10 Noel Ihebuzor May 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Asante sana, Inverterateblogger! Long time!


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