Loose grey hairs tickle as the air moves
tipsy yellow jackets raid the apple's core
honing in repeatedly
a bill's sealed edge ripped open slices skin
drips stinging red against white
torrents soak the obscured ground
underfoot the sugarless leaf edges blur, almost dawn
one brother reaches out for the other's hand innately
bracing together up the loose stoned slope
tired flies bury themselves and dully fire
one last round into the cooling ground.
These ordinary things make me as full and quiet
as I become when you look at me.
— V. McGinnis
V. McGinnis earned a master's degree in music literature from the University of Notre Dame and lives in Wexford. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.