Water Poems: 60 / 500

One Lonely Afternoon

Rating: 4.5

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 . . .

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kim Barney 03 February 2016

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.

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Stephen W 03 February 2016

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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Bernard Snyder 03 February 2016

Neatly written. I love this poem! Great job Mr. Edsen!

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Susan Williams 03 February 2016

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.

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M Asim Nehal 03 February 2016

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

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Ratnakar Mandlik 03 February 2016

Marvelous anecdote to overcome loneliness found. Thanks for sharing.

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Edward Kofi Louis 03 February 2016

Lifestyle. Thanks for sharing.

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