Thoughts on time (a duet)

By Noel A. Ihebuzor and Susan L. Daniels

the sound of time
being kept
but never held

compare this to the heart

beating, ticking
bleeping, never sleeping
yet not keeping time
just hugging and holding scents
and traces from its irreversible passage

if we are keeping time
it should be measured
in pulses never wound
but still driving days
in matched rhythms

rhythmic pulsations
pounding in sync to our
logics and metres, fixed and elastic
always beating, heaving, trembling,
ever flowing, fluid but always alive,
even when we no longer are

yes, endless
in the pulse
we match, but briefly.
what drives us
in metered language
these words a drum
reflecting
a greater syncopation

we march to match
to catch that syncopation
moving our soles
and souls along trails
at once linear and at twice
circular, always forward
and occasionally recursive

***Another spontaneous poetic conversation from my comments. Β As always, it is a pleasure to write with Noel, whose words are in regular text here, and I amΒ italicized.

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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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34 Responses to Thoughts on time (a duet)

  1. always fun “duelling” with words with Susan. Something in the way she writes provokes this!

  2. boomiebol says:

    You both do this so well…loving the new blog look too

  3. Liking this a bunch Susan! The duelling seems to ignite each stanza

  4. ruleofstupid says:

    This is great stuff – subject, language, ‘tempo’. Promiscuous but (some clever word starting with P !! Damn – brain freeze….)

  5. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” – Albert Einstein

    Excellent poem Susan. πŸ™‚

  6. unfetteredbs says:

    tick tock you guys rock!
    Love the rhythm..
    like the festive theme Susan

    • Audra–thank you! I love playing with syncopation (which is one of my favorite words–just the sound stretched out is cool syn ko paaaaaaaay shun). It’s slithery.

      Off the serpentine and onto the holiday theme–I am glad you like it. Not used to having all my sidebar stuff scrolled along the bottom, but I can live with that for a week or two, just to get in the spirit πŸ˜‰

      • unfetteredbs says:

        slithery and fun to say.
        I don’t get into the holiday spirit til the 14th or so. I am a bah humbug

        • nah–you are not a bah humbug. You just don’t have a 6-year-old asking you every 5 minutes how long it is until Christmas ***now***

          • unfetteredbs says:

            that is all the fun.. the kids πŸ™‚
            and my oldest comes home on the 13th for a month(yay) so we wait as a tradition to get the festivities going for her birthday which is shortly after that. Really looking forward to it this year

  7. Nothing like a wonderful collaboration – and this certainly is!

  8. Another wonderful duet. This is great πŸ™‚

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