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One Lonely Afternoon

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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Poem One Lonely Afternoon - Russell Edson