Pete Crowther

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A Fly In Amber - Poem by Pete Crowther

Swimming in its world of amber
The long-legged fly can still remember

The burning heat
Of the sun in the Eocene

From its golden sea, this fly has seen
The dance of continents, the rise and fall

Of all ten thousand things
Upon our planet.

In the many facets of its eyes
Seas have filled with water, deepened, dried,

Mountain ranges risen, crumbled.
This fly has seen the centaur and the unicorn

And the first Neanderthal.
Nations, empires passed before it,

Wave after wave in quick succession.
This fly was in its amber when

King Cheops built his pyramid
And Roman Caesar conquered Gaul.

Now with this ancient creature in my palm
I am become
The green flash of the setting sun.

Comments about A Fly In Amber by Pete Crowther

  • (7/25/2007 11:55:00 PM)

    Ohhh, I like it. Great fusion of distant past and present and everything in between. Elegantly composed. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/6/2006 9:18:00 AM)

    I actually feel as though I have stepped back in time, seen what the fly saw, from the beginning of time. Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2005 1:26:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It's so beautifully crafted and detailed. There's a nice use of onomatopoeia. Thanks for keeping poetry real. Ciao. Lyrael (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2005 2:31:00 AM)

    Detailed, descriptive, historical, original. Very enjoyable to read. (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2005 12:35:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem. The last line with the green flash is particularly powerrful.

    Gershon Hepner
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  • (4/2/2005 10:42:00 PM)

    Peter i am a great collector of amber I have many pieces and I can really relate to this poem it is beautiful. I love the words and such meaning 10+ cheers sylvia (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2005 1:59:00 AM)

    this poem transports you to another world, and beautifully chosen words too but the enjambments are somewhat arbitrary. (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2005 12:28:00 PM)

    How brilliant can you get? Love 'the dance of continents' and the entire content of this poem humbled me. So original in its thinking. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

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