The Feufolay |
by Sean McPherson

And here’s what happens:
some nincompoop sees some
natural phenomenon
burning away
between wisps of Spanish Moss
out over the bayou
and he thinks he’s seen a ghost.
He tells all his friends
what he believes to be the truth
and the swamp birds
also listening in
go and tell their swamp-bird friends
their diluted, monosyllabic version
of what’s been seen
and before you know it
this fool’s fire
is burning away what little reason there is left in the swamp.

Sean McPherson was born in Anchorage, AK in 1987 and currently resides in Olympia, WA. He works as a an adjunct professor of Spanish at South Puget Sound Community College. This spring he received his MA in Spanish and Portuguese from Tulane University. Some of his poetry has recently appeared in The Bacon Review.