It’s another secure cul-de-sac,
and a grown man cycles home on
his boy’s bike, a case of beer
under one arm, and it’s probably
football Sunday with all the cars
parked neatly in their drives and
men inside homes shouting and slapping
backs with their free hands
(the others dipping chips in sauce
or grasping ice-cold cans),
and it is family life becalmed because
everyone is happily in their place,
not feeling left out or under
attack, and therefore probably safe.
Mike Ferguson’s most recent collection of poetry is the sonnet chapbook Precarious Real (Maquette Press, 2016). A retired English teacher, he is an American resident in the UK and co-authored the education text Writing Workshops (Cambridge University Press, 2015).