Snowdrops – Richie McCaffery

Snowdrops

After being open to the elements
for years they finally put
a new slate roof on the old chapel
at Warkworth graveyard.

No-one is using the building though,
just the diocese trying to make watertight
their case for God. The edges
of the yard are dotted with snowdrops.

If I believed, I could convince myself
it’s the dead putting
their skulls together,
recalling white winters.

 

Richie McCaffery lives in Alnwick, Northumberland. He’s the author of two poetry collections fro Nine Arches Press – Cairn (2014) and Passport (2018) as well as two pamphlets, including Spinning Plates (2012, HappenStance Press). He also has another pamphlet due out later this year from Mariscat Press. His blog / website also hosts poems by fellow poets and can be found at: https://richiemccafferypoetry.wordpress.com/

Rosy apples – Richie McCaffery

Rosy apples

The old tuck shop’s now a vaping place,
passing it reminds me of walking home
from school with my best friend Dane
and buying a bag of rosy apple sweets.

Slurping on one, Dane laughed and it fell –
bagatelle-like – down his windpipe.
Somehow, as he choked, I managed
to knock the thing back out again.

Had it stayed put, he’d be dead now.
Instead, it moved up and he thrives.
I live only a few miles from here,
Dane’s a flight away. His mother says

he’s big up in management, doing well.
We’ve not spoken a word since school.

 

Richie McCaffery lives in Alnwick, Northumberland. He’s the author of two poetry collections from Nine Arches Press – Cairn (2014) and Passport (2018) as well as two pamphlets, including Spinning Plates (2012, HappenStance Press). He also has another pamphlet due out later this year from Mariscat Press. His blog / website also hosts poems by fellow poets and can be found at: https://richiemccafferypoetry.wordpress.com/