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Three From Jon Forceton


   Full Moon Racing


Moonlight Series Regatta, Saturday,

September second, 10 pm first gun. Full moon
uncovers, backlit clouds, slowly drifting by.
Distant lightning flashes, soundless, passing storm
heading north. Hot, still humid, gentle breeze.

Six two man sailboats, trailers. Moonlight
launching ramp. Masts raised, shrouds attached.
Lapping splashes, each in turn sets out.

On shoreline quiet movement on six docks,
dinghies paddle to moored hulls. Hushed voices,
covers stowed, limp sails raised. From six directions,
six white ghosts glide out.

Distant motor putts, moving point of light,
leaves a floating light behind and then a third.
Three lights are still, the motor dies, the course is set.
Twelve white ghosts converge
greeting each and starter’s boat.

Before the start, full moonlight, foot high rolling fog.
Shoreline lights round low white cloud.
Hulls vanish, disappear.
Floating, luminescent, tear drop tilted sails,
gliding, start the race, catch zephyrs
slipping through low wispy mist, surreal.

Race snail’s pace, wine corks pop, laughter,
quiet conversations, taunts, drift above the cloud.

First mark’s rounded, ghosts wander past,
night a dreamland world. Zephyr heightens, building breeze
mist swirls, disperses, disappears.
White fast snails approach the windward mark, then oh no,
random shower, pouring rain,
full moonlight. Tiny, crystal mushroom water spouts
from heavy raindrops form, surround each drifting sloop.
A toast, applause, more muted mirth,
enchanted lake transformed.

Last mark rounded, shower ends,
misty fog returns.

The finish line draws near.
Muted conflicts, moon obscured,
coasting ghosts converge.

Race is won,
by who’s not known.
In darkness, fleet dispersed.

Memories, of a moonlit night
Our full moon magic race
Our world, a fresh new view

Prelude - Unleashed Raw Cold Power

Oceans round of cold Cape Horn,
Tierra del Fuego,
Patagonia’s southern tip,
World’s worst and wicked way.
Gale force, the winter winds preside
one day in three to shriek.
Old sailing ships so often lost,
and ships today in fear.
Wind and water currents meet,
from oceans east and west.

Hellacious howling winds must build,
forced between Antarctic ice
and endless Andes peaks.

To this mounting rarest storm,
Add icebergs cast from fozen land
small islands doomed to roam.

The storm is now, winds off the chart,
to waves that tower sixty feet,
add rogues of fifty more.

Close your eyes, imagine.

You're in the perfect storm.

Unleashed Raw Cold Power


Mountain’s funneled fury,
Spawn chaos, round the Cape.
Herculean oceans writhe,
currents clash, erupt.

Screaming, piercing spray,
cloaking, telltale ice. Untethered,
lurks, cruel crags, submerged.

cold explosions roar,
pounding rugged shores.

diabolic darkness, looms.
Infuriated, frenzied flood,
shrieks of icy gales.

Unleashed demons, towering peaks,
Decapitated, howling foamy heads,
sheared by tempest’s,
cold, barbaric blade.
Colossal headless monsters writhe, curl, collapse,
Then like leering Phoenix,
rise again from death’s abyss.


BIO and Motivation: Jon Forceton is the married  father of four. "I have have spent a great deal of time sailing and on the water, which is what triggered these peices.  I write poetry and fictionand working to complete two novels, one contempoary fiction and the other science fiction."

Full Moon Racing  first appeared in The Victorian Violet Press Journal.



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