2005 Poetry in ink! Clandestine”

Poem published in ink! poetry journal (now out of print)…

Clandestine
by: V.C. McCabe

We crept in darkness under pine-needled trees,
through stinging nettles and barbed wire to

lay upon the Irish soil in some stranger’s field
as a light mist fell and the grass stained our skin.

It was so cold, my lips gave birth to tiny clouds
with each exhale until you caught them with a kiss.

The texture of soggy earth was a soothing balm
on the still fresh scars of my tortured memory.

A brief amnesty granted for the anarchic love
that grew a bridge across an ocean of stars.

Published by V. C. McCabe

V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet and the author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019). She was formerly on the editorial teams of the New International Voices series (Ice Floe Press), Barren Magazine, and Frontier Poetry. Her work appears in ekphrastic exhibits and journals worldwide, including EPOCH, Poet Lore, and Prairie Schooner. Her website is vcmccabe.com.

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