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Rate this poem:4.1 / 7 votes
The worst progress comes in bursts -  
Awakens like bitter curds an
Appetite for fossiled ferns

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

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...

  • alanswansea18
    Thank you for the vote and write some more poems.
    LikeReply22 hours ago
  • alanswansea18
    I will take this one.
    LikeReply 11 day ago
  • MaliMis1986
    This poem flows very nice and is very interesting to have read.. keep up the great writing!
    LikeReply1 day ago
    • BenRidley
      Thanks! Really appreciate your comment. I look forward to getting back into reading others and writing on here soon.
      LikeReply1 day ago
    • MaliMis1986
      You are absolutely welcome and I look forward to reading more of your writings:)
      LikeReply1 day ago
  • Abbykesington
    Art lives in our very soul....
    LikeReply 11 day ago
  • grs5757
    Art of any kind is only dead if you forget to take it in your heart
    LikeReply2 days ago
  • israel_u
    There is something uncanny about poets. A special breed.
    LikeReply3 days ago
  • israel_u
    Poetry is a great literary genre, that hides its content to elude the simpleminded.
    LikeReply3 days ago
  • israel_u
    Verse in coded language.
    LikeReply 13 days 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.
    LikeReply6 days ago
  • Lacey,J
    LikeReply 19 days ago
  • Kendalemon
    The way I feel
    LikeReply 19 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    May your forging into poetry come into continued creative bursts, yet not ossify. All the best!
    LikeReply 110 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 111 days ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    A Proper Production, 'O Productive Poet. I'm Very Pleased.
    LikeReply 214 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!
    LikeReply15 days ago
    • Benridj
      this is not bad for a bot, can you comment in such a way that I know you’re human?
      LikeReply 315 days ago


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