Seduction: A duet

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By Noel A. Ihebuzor and Susan L. Daniels

seduction is best when done softly, slowly

and yes, subtly–
to lead entranced
an entrancing partner (not necessarily
all that innocentintent and consent in a closet slightly ajar, and ever opening)
to fascinate, to suggest, but all so quietly
to the point the seduced
owns it as their idea, not yours

when it seeps slowly into anxious fevered body,
when the pores, the ears, the eyes, the lips, all sip it,
inhaling its suggestive velvety boldness like ripe brandy

Armagnac, please;
or perhaps something scented
of late summer; like pear, apple,
blackberry, but intoxicating
and strong, sweetness with heat
swimming into mind and body both

exhaling and uncoiling
in recognition of joint and multiflavored complicity
saluting coyness and salivating and waiting

yes, art.  art spun by two.
a peacock has nothing on us, love,
fanning feathers to dazzle, but that’s all he has.
you bring and I welcome that drunkenness,
that reeling magic we stumble inside

and going with the flow, each new seduction
increasing flush, gush, and rush,
cascades beckoning and willing rowed to

seduction is best when done softly, slowly

***Can I say I missed my duet partner terribly while he was bouncing around all over the UK and skipping around Africa?  We had fun with this spontaneous poem–hope you like it.  I am italicized, and Noel’s words are bolded.  I think we need to use technology to read one of these together, across continents–would be really, really cool to hear!

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48 thoughts on “Seduction: A duet

  1. Rhonda

    Beautifully done. This is how to Tumble! Great Duet and good to see your two voices back in harmony again! Love it

    • Thanks, Brian. I should have enough grace to blush, but instead am just going to say it is fun to play with another poet on the page, and especially one as talented as Noel :)

  2. Definitely go on and capture a dual vocal impression–I would love to hear it.
    This is my favorite: “yes, art. art spun by two.
    a peacock has nothing on us, love,
    fanning feathers to dazzle, but that’s all he has.
    you bring and I welcome that drunkenness,
    that reeling magic we stumble inside”

  3. We are having a hot summer in Southern California, but not as hot as THIS one! Phew! Such a wonderfully sensuous interplay! Don’t you live it when seduced and seducer become one?!?

    • You say it so well. Susan is such a wonderful wordsmith that singing duets with her ends up invariably as a beautiful dazzling dance with elements of salsa and tango blended in one!

  4. Brilliantly bold, sultringly sensual, seductive and sexy. A terribly irresistible mix; drunkeness and libertine, of aphrodisiac magnitude. A perfect duet, Susan and Noel, bravo!

    • You are so kind and your comments are actually poetry in motion, what with all the alliterations! Any suggestion of drunkeness in the duet is accidental – owing, I believe, to the simile in one of the stanzas! Libertine? Qui? Not these duelling “dueters”, for sure :-) Many thanks, once again.

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