Romantic by Mike Ferguson

today's poem vertical

She wants romance as the tide turns its
black ink into the shore after the sun has set

and the sky is still ignited. Venus mocks her
as a star, but it could be that what you see and

want is what you get in a dream like this.
Even the stone where she stands emanates

heat from the day’s long drag to this moment of
reflection, and the mystery of mauve on the

horizon is solidified. It’s all in the description,
as if a kenning captured and controlled these

odd but normal realities, and a boat sails
up the river to the sea in a wind-full word.

Still watching the waves she has one last hope
and the sky darkens its heliotrope.


Mike Ferguson’s most recent poetry 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].

4 thoughts on “Romantic by Mike Ferguson”

  1. Everything about this sonnet, I am in awe of – the scene and images, the metaphors (dark ink, long drag), the turns and emotions, the rhymes of the final couplet. Wonderful match of images and forms with thoughts. The couplets make me think of ripples coming to shore.

  2. I will now, and in the future, be able to repeat the lines of this mesmeric work and be filled by a natural, soothing, poetic grace.

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