David Berman

(4 January 1967 / Williamsburg, Virginia)

The Ultimate - Poem by David Berman

When dreams have turned to dust and dust to slime;
When all you ever were or hoped to be
Appears as no more than a jest of time,
A foolish jest, a tasteless parody

On some unlikely fiction; when not just
Your dear pretensions but your best ideals
Have been ground down into an acrid dust
That you are forced to eat for all your meals;

When—oh, but what can metaphor provide
Sufficient in its scope to comprehend
The fury never to be satisfied
Of one betrayed by a once-trusted friend?


Comments about The Ultimate by David Berman

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/12/2020 2:39:00 PM)

    When—oh, but what can metaphor provide
    Sufficient in its scope to comprehend
    The fury never to be satisfied
    Of one betrayed by a once-trusted friend? a very fine poem. tony
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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/12/2020 10:45:00 AM)

    A tasteless parody! ! ! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (2/12/2020 7:54:00 AM)

    Thank you for presenting the hard reality of life, dear poet. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day. Thank you for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/12/2020 2:53:00 AM)

    betrayer never can be a friend; the ultimate fate of betrayal is incessant sorrowfulness /// (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (2/12/2020 1:55:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (2/12/2020 1:42:00 AM)

    Betrayed by friend surely all dreams will be nothing but wasteful dust and one has to eat a hard pie! Reality is well expressed here! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012



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