Bigger and Better Things

By Joseph Ferguson

a room

lit by the glow

of electric trains

tracing shadows

on the ceiling

tiny streetlights

painted heads

watch you

watch them

watch through

a child’s eyes


transfixed by

unreal reality

deep in that


state of Grace

we are all condemned

to leave

for bigger

and bitter


Joseph Ferguson is an author, poet, and journalist appearing in a variety of small press, regional and national publications. He wrote propaganda for a living for a variety of entities for some 25 years. He is a former editor and critic for Hudson Valley, ran the Fiction Workshop for the Poughkeepsie Library District, and regularly reviews books and videos for Climbing, The American Book Review and a number of other publications.

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