Russell Edson

(1935 - 2014 / Connecticut, United States)

One Lonely Afternoon - Poem by Russell Edson

Since the fern can't go to the sink for a drink of
water, I graciously submit myself to the task, bringing two
glasses from the sink.
And so we sit, the fern and I, sipping water together.


Of course I'm more complex than a fern, full of deep
thoughts as I am. But I lay this aside for the easy company
of an afternoon friendship.

I don't mind sipping water with a fern, even though,
had I my druthers, I'd be speeding through the sky for
Stockholm, sipping a bloody mary with a wedge of lime.

And so we sit one lonely afternoon sipping water
together. The fern looking out of its fronds, and I, looking
out of mine . . .


Comments about One Lonely Afternoon by Russell Edson

  • Bernard Snyder (2/3/2016 10:57:00 PM)


    Neatly written. I love this poem! Great job Mr. Edsen! (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/3/2016 3:26:00 PM)


    I like this quirky poem. It is just the kind of scene and thoughts any of us could have if we have the imagination and initiative. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/3/2016 9:59:00 AM)


    And so we sit one lonely afternoon sipping water
    together. The fern looking out of its fronds, and I, looking
    out of mine.
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2016 4:35:00 AM)


    Marvelous anecdote to overcome loneliness found. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/3/2016 3:01:00 AM)


    Lifestyle. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/3/2016 1:18:00 AM)


    Russell Edson has (had?) a strange sense of humor [read some of his other poems and you will see what I mean], and must have been a very fast typist. All 54 of his poems were submitted on the same day,13 Jan 2003. (Report) Reply

    (2/3/2016 4:22:00 PM)

    He is not a member. He is a 'modern poet'. So someone uploaded them in bulk. Perhaps he is even still alive somewhere!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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