Mike Ferguson: Echo

What is the salient difference between reflected and  bounced? Asa replication of sound there is an implicit and  derogatory suggestion this is not original. In processing  and acoustics there is resonance that signals its return as  prodigal or waylaid or quite simply the aural residue of  forgetfulness. Reverberation. Sonar and waves are heard  in the assonance of repeated vowel sounds for a soothing lyrical effect. The sublime again and again of Outside In.  How would you know for sure it was yours returning from  the depths of an unknown cave? Emit / edit / remit / edit /  emit. Empathy. Footfalls for the suspense and knowing  where you have come from. The separateness of a flutter.  I have over the years always tried to get Doppler in here  and there and there and here, disappearing.


In a knowing aural flutter 
there is Doppler in its remit cave 

for and of and again  
there over between the signals. 

Implicit as waylaid, 
sounds sound their forgetfulness 

when footfalls are not lyrical waves
but simply returning. 

The resonance-suspense-assonance
is empathy as well as it is 

replication, even in its unknown
disappearing into suggestion.


The how to edit of empathy is in its implicit
separateness from the original. There is residue,
again and again, but when repeated there is a
returning to forgetfulness on the outside where
sound flutters in sound. Here in the assonance of
footfalls there are vowels through which to hear
depths of the sublime, like your acoustics in a
reflected cave. It is an aural of knowing the
unknown, lyrical but not sure of the remit in its
reverberation. There is a between of the edit too,
Doppler effect not here or disappearing, a you there
and there – waves that come processing their salient
waylaid difference. Empathy in the sound is to emit
suggestions with the aural sonar of a soothing

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is an American permanently resident in the UK. His most recent publications are the found prose poems collection The Lonesomest Sound (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2019) and the truth-elusive vignettes And I Used to Sail Barges (The Red Ceilings Press, 2020).

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