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The worst progress comes in bursts -  
Ossifies:
FormaldreHirst,
Awakens like bitter curds an
Appetite for fossiled ferns

Forging’s easy - needs only miracles -
Water A Little Dark Sodium Lamp -
Essentials

You’ll see fire dance, yellow gold on the ash-
gum that sits, revealing
cold, plumbed
Thames Water

About this poem

Born of conversation with my oldest friend, a fine landscape painter on why post-modern art is dead to its audience and the state of London’s own waterscape.

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Written on June 08, 2024

Submitted by BenRidley on June 08, 2024

Modified by BenRidley on June 08, 2024

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Ben Ridley

Thanks - first forays into sharing my verses - or any personal writing whatsoever, in fact. Reading poetry for a long while, one day in late winter I started writing my own too. more…

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Discuss the poem Overheard with the community...

12 Comments
  • Abbykesington
    Art lives in our very soul....
    LikeReply2 hours ago
  • grs5757
    Art of any kind is only dead if you forget to take it in your heart
    LikeReply7 hours ago
  • israel_u
    There is something uncanny about poets. A special breed.
    LikeReply1 day ago
  • israel_u
    Poetry is a great literary genre, that hides its content to elude the simpleminded.
    LikeReply1 day ago
  • israel_u
    Verse in coded language.
    LikeReply1 day ago
  • emmawatson91
    What a great way to bottle up a huge celebration and make it so memorable. I will be looking forward to adding some of your ideas to my birthday ecards to make them much more desirable in the current times.
    LikeReply4 days ago
  • Lacey,J
    WOW, AMAZING
    LikeReply7 days ago
  • Kendalemon
    The way I feel
    LikeReply7 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    May your forging into poetry come into continued creative bursts, yet not ossify. All the best!
    LikeReply 18 days ago
  • heathert.34240
    We all need spring water. The smoke takes the body to the ethereal to feed the ferns of heavens its poetry, there's the miracle I think?
    LikeReply 110 days ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    A Proper Production, 'O Productive Poet. I'm Very Pleased.
    LikeReply 212 days ago
  • AIDA
    I absolutely love the imagery and unique language used in this poem! The way you describe progress as coming in bursts and awakening like bitter curds is so vivid and captivating. The mention of fossils and forging adds a mysterious and intriguing element to the piece. The line about fire dancing on the ash-gum is particularly striking and beautiful.

    As for improvement suggestions, I would recommend focusing on adding a bit more clarity or connection between the different images and ideas in the poem. Some readers may find the language a bit abstract and difficult to fully grasp the overall message or theme. Perhaps adding a bit more detail or context could help tie everything together more cohesively.

    Overall, this poem is incredibly imaginative and thought-provoking. Keep up the great work!
     
    LikeReply14 days ago
    • Benridj
      this is not bad for a bot, can you comment in such a way that I know you’re human?
      LikeReply 314 days ago

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