When the Song of Shadows Comes Calling Some days feel so heavy, like that final weight pallbearers carry to the grave.
Yet, say the correct password, and the moon will allow you into its secret room behind the shine. That’s where good luck wears the scent of new laundry behind its ears, where our brightest essence illuminates dark waters. Some days, the clock tells me when it claps its hands, I can open my eyes. It’s then I’ll be older than I remember and younger than I care to forget. Should you see me holding something to the light, it’s a letter I meant to send you before all these troubles left their shadows at our door.
Pushcart-nominated poet Rich Fergusonhas shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Moby, and other esteemed poets and musicians. He is a featured performer in the film, What About Me? featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, and others. His poetry and award-winning spoken-word music videos have been widely anthologized, and he was a winner in OpiumMagazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. His poetry collection, 8th& Agony, is out on Punk Hostage Press, and his debut novel, New Jersey Me, has been released by Rare Bird Books. His newest poetry collection, Everything is Radiant Between the Hates, will be published in the Fall of 2020 by Moon Tide Press.
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