Bernard Ferguson is a Bahamian native still learning to survive the Minnesota winters. He enjoys devoting his time to writing and performing, as well as volunteering at local poetry slams. He's the producer for the Minnesota local SPEAK Poetry Slam show, competed in the College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016 to represent the University of Minnesota, placed 6th at the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up in November, and has work featured and upcoming on Button Poetry.
for the call to comcast
i'm about to set this bitch of fire she tells me
as she slaps her fingers against the keyboard
on the brink of breaking the thing in half
& ready to pick a fight with whatever rises from
its ashes & the man in my ear is now teaching me
about virtues & says sir, most of all, i think
patience is key here & i hear his childhood
in the spaces between his words & how he must
have spent an endless summer on a porch with
nothing to his name but the toys at his feet & i can
see his glassy eyes turned toward the horizon & he is
imagining how the sun's gold will split down
the middle when the face of someone he thought
was dead comes walking from the field & straight
toward him & i am imagining this & i am understanding
this but the wood is starting to chip on this house i paid
my labor to find refuge in & i tell him time is eager to make
a meal out of everything & he says he doesn't understand
& i say i am drowning in silence and the faces
of my loved ones are not enough to keep me awake
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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