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, the author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019), a reader for Frontier Poetry, and an associate editor for the upcoming Nigerian National Poetry Prize. She was co-editor of the New International Voices series (Ice Floe Press), a contributing editor for Barren Magazine, and a music journalist for Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper The Charleston Gazette. Her work has appeared in ekphrastic exhibits and journals worldwide, including EPOCH, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and The Minnesota Review. She has lived in Ireland and West Virginia. Her website is vcmccabe.com.

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