Words: Before and beyond words – A duet

Susan L. Daniels and Noel A. Ihebuzor

before Babel

maybe
there was a word
for this me you raise

not from anything dead
but sleeping
& deep

this me that answers
& opens

throating
every word
ever spoken
in any language

before and beyond Babel
that silent voice bubbles on
bounding and bouncing
in bundles of beautiful
babble that unbundle, bare
and bond me
with no words spoken
not needing nor heeding
any spoken word

simply

because your silence speaks
more than all words

it undoes me

my unfurled feelings
amplifying the unspoken,
filling my being with soft echoes
of sounds stronger than words

***Another spontaneous duet this week.  Susan (italicized) and I (regular text) had a conversation in poetry following my comments on her poem. The result is this wonderful and warming duet!  Thanks Susan–as always, a pleasure to volley lines with you!

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4 Responses to “Words: Before and beyond words – A duet”


  1. 1 Susan L Daniels November 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Likewise, Noel. Really enjoyed the volley. Hey, I forgot to put our names on this, up top–fixed that.

  2. 2 boomiebol November 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Another wonderful duet, well done both of you

  3. 3 readinpleasure November 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    You two connect so beautifully. 🙂

  4. 4 Noel Ihebuzor November 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Many thanks, Boomie and Celestine!


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