Shock and Awe by Mike Ferguson

Gunshots echo from the ridge, repetitions so fast
it could be the automatic fire of multiple killings;

at the same time, jets reverberate in the sky to
attack other hushed places of a Sunday morning.

Sitting here is safe, listening to this as intangibles
of what seems the gist from farmers and friends

slaughtering rabbits beyond the rim of that hill.
When the roar of aircraft fades and guns lull too

there is time to adjust to quieting clues –
one plane joins other vapour streaks across the sky,

a distant sound of tourists heading home or off
on holidays abroad where foreigners are tolerable.

When silent beyond the hill there’s little surprise
by what is heard in the taunting from further on.

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Awry by Mike Ferguson

Clouds are drifting slowly eastwards,
but the snapshots of blue are briefer than before.

An owl screams from a branch under the moon,
but there is no echo across fields.

Rain lashes all night in this winter storm,
but damage is more of the same.

Bordering bushes drop falling leaves,
but birds have nowhere to fly for certainties.

Waves break along the seaside’s shore,
but pebbles are not dragged back in its ebb.

Pruned shrubs are stripped, and their sticks in piles,
but there’s no urge to weave the rustic fencing.

The sun shines on this table of Sunday papers,
but what we read makes no sense any more.

Fire and Fury by Mike Ferguson

Fire and
fury echo
the past

dark words
of the
dark past,

words of fire
and words
of fury

dark as
the dark past
where words

worked their
anguish
after the

knowing of
their meaning
of darkness.

Fight fire
with fire
he thinks,

fury with
words as if
they matter

before
or after the
darkness.

When words
matter, he
must think

better, better
than dark
thoughts,

or others
must speak
and think

for him.
Words have
meaning

and saying
them can be
dark,

but not as
dark as what
meaning brings.

Falderal by Mike Ferguson

we are divided

we are denied

we are dying

 

we have

exceeded the maximum

global requests per minute

for crawlers or humans

 

and cannot access

safety

cannot access

a roof

cannot access

food

cannot access

peace

 

even if we could crawl

to any

of it

 

we are humans

but have exceeded

humanity

 

have exceeded

its care

 

have exceeded

its capacity

 

we are everywhere

but nowhere –

we are in the

butcher’s slaughterhouse

 

though some

speaking better than we

call it falderal

 

our crawl is

falderal

 

and we have exceeded it