Mike Ferguson

Once Sonnets

 

  1. Righteous Anger

 

Is another clever line

in rhetoric

 

a righteous anger is

dissolving as I speak?

 

I hear a rail and then

the clever riposte:

 

the story of a tongue,

so to say,

 

in open debate.

It is for a cause,

 

this complaint

that a god above

 

whose nothingness is a rant

 

is cold comfort for

being an oxymoron.

 

Comments come from

the converted

 

like self-satisfaction

is a tick on social media.

 

Who else really knows

this might hurt if hearing?

 

  1. By the Way

 

Do you see

what isn’t recognised

from good education?

 

Metaphors that

should beat doing it

‘My Way’:

close the slanted wooden doors

to the cellar of despair

 

or a conversational aside.

 

By the way,

I don’t want you,

by the way.

 

Which is the subordinate clause?

 

When syntax

is poker’s bad grammatical hand

 

but still winning.

Do you follow?

Hands down.

 

 

  1. Me

I was fully aware

with this

that made me laugh out loud

funny and sad

but rather more absurd

 

the knife to cut

instantly and quickly

slices for later

that I also had

as I was fully aware

 

entirely on my lonesome

the surprise exultation

Mike Ferguson’s most recent collection is the sonnets chapbook Precarious Real [Maquette Press, 2016]. A retired English teacher, he co-authored the education text Writing Workshops [Cambridge University Press, 2015].

© 2018 Colin Herd and all the individual poets

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