Two Poems by V. C. McCabe

September 15, 2018
House by Megha Sood
September 14, 2018
A Rolling Fire by Daniel Hampton
September 16, 2018

Fire-tongued Labyrinth


I was born in a blue field
after the circus
came to town.

Doves flew
from my sister’s throat as
she swallowed             bright

The stag
rested       in the hunter’s horn,
sounding out        sour notes of


Fireflies have no faith
nor need of
sun and fluorescent


indoors, the walls
have ears and flies
stuck      in their ointment.


Lions are leaving
my skin
in scars, in droves       of
horse-drawn carriages.



Fresco Inamorata


You catacomb
my reasoning.                          You honey
my perception.                         I willow
in your open palm.                  I bend
in your direction.                     We chortle
joy. We melt in arms.              We shed
all inhibition.                           We gallop
blue.                                        We break         the sky
on clouds of jubilation.



About the Author

V.C. McCabe is a West Virginian poet and music journalist whose work appears, or is forthcoming, in Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Entropy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Tar River Poetry, Spillway, The Cape Rock, Southword, and elsewhere.