By Susan Daniels and Noel Ihebuzor

Susan:
outside my window, tree frogs and crickets
are in full spring shout, like calling to like
until they meet and are silent

Noel:
from within, behind my window,
I hear their calls, calls from within,
coded calls that inspire and stir,
that codes of the seasons unlock and trigger

Susan:
not just yet, because it is too cool
in my valley for them, fireflies
will begin their coded, coordinated sparking
in a language that rivals stars
in their persuasion of each other

Noel:
the sparking fireflies speak in response to a flame that glows within, stoked by embers of a lighting warming and awakening season
they spark-sing songs to like souls, sparks that speak alluringly like star studded invitation cards, the glistening promise of plenty to a journey of sharing and multiplying

Susan:
but how will my call or flicker of false starlight be answered?

Noel:
and as like attracts like,
and every human act is a flicker, a signal
every call too a signal
every silence a message
I sense that you for whom I flicker
will hear me and I your sparking,
that my voice will carry to you even when I speak not
and that I will hear you even in your deepest silence
on the darkest starlit night where fireflies rival stars
and creatures of spring craft their coded colorful creation symphonies

***

This was a spur of the moment thing–we wrote this in less than an hour, my inspirational and creative friend Susan & I…hope you like this one–we certainly did– as we sang it!

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4 thoughts on “Within calling without: A Duet

  1. Noel, I still maintain these lines are the best part of the poem, and make it what it is:

    and as like attracts like,
    and every human act is a flicker, a signal
    every call too a signal
    every silence a message
    I sense that you for whom I flicker
    will hear me and I your sparking,

    You use language so beautifully!

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