We Two Fly (a duet)

by Noel A. Ihebuzor and Susan L. Daniels

i have flown too
pushing off with one foot
and coasting thermals with hawks

but after i am above trees, dispersing clouds
skipping over jet trails–
never in dreams have i found a way

back to down but opening my eyes

and waking
up, finding it gone
and wishing that magic to
resume spinning silk threads;
tangling delight so lightly

sometimes, you wake up
at the wrong time in a dream,
floating in its amber jet stream,
at a point of its greatest promise
as it danced along its self-willed
and illogical trajectory…
and alas “revus interruptus”

we balance that fine-brushed line
where dream and fantasy kiss

and then in vain you conjure a continuation
by locking down unfurled eyelids,
casting babalawo and ifa beads
only to meet “resumption access denied”
boldly staring at you opaquely
like the negatives of a black and white picture
from behind your tightly shut eyes!

if wishes dance, flashing silver
like a cloud of minnows past catching
that is what these dreams do, fleeting and fleeing.
such wild gifts resist forced forging;
though we beg the bringer,
she swims away with them, arcing
behind our eyes, unwilling.  

Unyielding to our anxious silent pleas,
ignoring our favored sketched dream scenes and sets,
our preferred casts, co-stars and shooting locations,
smiling, she denies us our feverish aspirations
to statuses of dream directors and procreators

can she midwife one child over another?
if it is love, or flying we ask for
she will bring us falling dreams
or kissing from mouths that differ from desire;
yes, we thirst, and take both the vinegar and sweet
dropped on our lips,
accepting not what is wanted but what is given

***Talk about spontaneous generation!  This started as a response to my “dreams” poem, and bloomed from there. Noel and I (I am italicized here) cooked this up while I was getting ready for a teacher’s conference at my son’s school and while Noel was at a workshop.  Hope I am not getting you in trouble for this one, N., as I am sure you were paying attention and only wrote your responses while on a break.

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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20 Responses to We Two Fly (a duet)

  1. boomiebol says:

    You both weave words very well

  2. The Enfant Terrible says:

    Even without the italics, I can tell which words are yours… You work together so well; your words are alive and flow beautifully. I like how this is also quite different to what you have written before, too. An excellent partnership. 🙂 You’re two fantastic poets. A delight!

  3. davidtrudel says:

    What a great duet! Love it.

  4. unfetteredbs says:

    “resume spinning silk threads;
    tangling delight so lightly….”

    oh yes to our delight!

  5. unfetteredbs says:

    dropped on our lips,
    accepting not what is wanted but what is given..

    you guys really rock

  6. Rhonda says:

    welcome back you two. this is beautiful and worth the wait. spontaneity, mixed with multi tasking…WORKS!

  7. Bruce Ruston says:

    I love your duets both of you write and fit so well

  8. Great job, both of you.

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