Gordon Ferris – Into darkness

Gordon Ferris was born in  Dublin. In the early eighties, he moved to Donegal where he has lived ever since. He started writing in 2014 and has had many short stories and poems in many publications.  He has also won prizes in the summer 2020 HITA Creative Writing Competition for his poem ‘Mother’, and won the winter competition for his poem ‘The Silence’. Poetry Ireland awarded Gordon a Poetry Town Bursary in 2021. In January of 2023, he had his short story collection Echoes published by Impspired.

Into darkness

I take the last steps
as carefully as the first steps
each step thought about

I rise with the desire
as it’s developed
from rest and thought

sometimes, desire abandons me
I don’t want to rise
just to lay here

listen to books
as my eyes
won’t let me see the words

the sounds on the street
I don’t know how near
or far the cars are

they sound right beside me
are they going to hit me
the depth of my footfall

how high or low the path
am I walking into a hole
is this sound

that of the flowing river
underfoot on the bridge
will I walk into its water?





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