Within Calling Without: A Duet


By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan Daniels

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

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

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

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

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

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

***Noel’s voice is in bold, mine italicized.  Sending this to dverse poets to share  today.

This was a spur of the moment thing–we wrote this in less than an hour, my ingenious friend & I…hope you like this one–we certainly did–this man writes unspeakably beautiful verses.

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43 thoughts on “Within Calling Without: A Duet

  1. very cool idea with the duet.. i like it much…
    and as like attracts like,
    and every human act is a flicker, a signal
    every call too a signal
    every silence a message… so true…so very, very true…

  2. crickets and peepers are one of my favorite things in life… and the fireflies have been incredible this year.

    this is altogether lovely, i especially love this line:
    “and that I will hear you even in your deepest silence”

    • Kelly–thanks for the visit and commenting. I was just re-reading this and that line you just quoted really jumped out at me, too. Hope Noel comes on over to read these comments too, as I think he has some gorgeous writing in here!

  3. such yearning for the light of love, and for merging with nature and its beauty are felt within this poem. a heavenly duet you are indeed, glad i’ve discovered your poetics today~~~

  4. It’s a standing ovation from the nosebleed seats! You guys…this is perfection! The call and response…your words move amazingly together…this was so meant to be written just as it is…appearing effortless, reading just as smoothly Awesome!

  5. I like reading collaborative works of two writers but the all effect is different ~ I like the call and response, gorgeous writing to both of you ~ I have not read Noel’s works but his words complements yours very well ~ Thanks for sharing ~

    • Thanks so much! Blushing for me–Noel–get over here and take a bow, please! Noel’s work is fabulous and you should definitely check it out (on my blogroll). Anyone who does is in for a marvelous read.

  6. Crickets and Collaborations . . . this really sparked my imagination – it has a super, dynamic enrergy !!! Thank you – for the particle charge :D

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