Fizzy Feelings and Fuzzy Physics #1, Waves: A Duet

By Susan Daniels and Noel Ihebuzor

I want to ride this wave
suspended in stroking flow, the way a child
rocks to sleep at night, body remembering
the forward shove, the dragging back

The mind surveys, questions the source
the ends, the purpose and where they end
this timeless travel, unceasing pulling
Constant pushing and tugging

Your mind brushes infinity, reflected
in a wave with no beginning
that never breaks, but meets invisible resistance
and release in reactive crests and peaks;
the raw push forward, still with softness,
rocking and wrapping everything that swims
within light, inside water, coiled inside sound;
all the patterned peaks and troughs that invite and incite
with throb and force, always present within a wave–
should we resist or should we swim inside its logic

There is a logic to its heaves
the pull of the moon
stirring tides, stirring blood surges and longings
in its genteel stare bewitching

Let it come, let us call it forth–
summon it to strike and shape
the substance of song and sighs;
the drag of magnets siphoning bitterness,
drawing pure substance to pure substance,
energy flowing  forward without resistance.

The waves moving, endless motion,
the to and fro of each wave,
each wave inching deeper and closer
moving us and the world with it

If waves are change, let this one birth a tsunami to crush
and carry away the proud
the assured who stand opposed
but a wave that can with tenderness lift up,
splash and cleanse those
who gently cling at her rolling hems, hide their faces
in her soft skirts

Let us then ride and roll on her foaming wings
as the world rolls and spins
and advances  in its waves of ether
moving always and the world forward

***Trying a little something different here–my voice is the one italicized, and Noel’s the one not.  As always, Noel, a pleasure to co-create with you!

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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21 Responses to Fizzy Feelings and Fuzzy Physics #1, Waves: A Duet

  1. Rhonda says:

    Susan and Noel, this is stunning. Beautifully stunning.
    An honest moment…seeing the result of your duets before…Ii would have sworn Noel was the italicized text. Susan, you continue to impress and I am blown away. Incredible.

  2. Kyle says:

    wow fantastic poem and a fantastic idea

  3. jeglatter says:

    Love this, love your duets always, so much beauty in the connection of the two voices riding the wave of this. Gorgeous. Italics worked for me. -Jennifer

  4. Ian Moone says:

    When Poets play and dance on a page always worth watching – er reading, fine writing indeed. More Please

  5. Wow, this is what happens when minds meet and voices blend! It is a constant joy to sing with Susan, whose voice and energy inspire poetry and more!

    • What can I say but thanks–and it is a mutual joy…well, I could say a lot more, but your beautiful poem you linked there says it so much better, I will let it do the talking 🙂

  6. Deborah Avila says:

    imPReSsiVe! Wonderful again and again ~Blessings Deborah

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