2006 Poetry in Falling Star Magazine: “Glendalough”

Poetry 2006 Issue of Falling Star Magazine — available for purchase here.

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Glendalough By: V.C. McCabe

Grey, rain-soaked clouds hang, thick and thunderous,
like dark veils in weary skies far above
the lush green majesty of the Wicklow Mountains

The crowded bus rocks on dirty wheels, speeding
along the tiny dirt road that snakes and curls
around ancient trees and empty stone churches

The Glen of the Two Lakes appears, cradling
the abandoned monastery, its pristine water
circled by craggy rocks and broken trails.

Its venerable history lost to the multitude
of pilgrims flocking, praying among ruins
and crumbling headstones below the round tower.

Grasping at fragile faith, the modern world intrudes,
profaning the sacred graves of forgotten
Saints and Sinners and The Unknown.

Published by V. C. McCabe

V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet and the author of Ophelia (Femme Salvé Books, 2023) and Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019). She has edited for Barren Magazine, the New International Voices series (Ice Floe Press), 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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