PASTORAL I

Monica McClure

We long for what 

we had not 


A serene progression of thoughts

Intimacy with streams and clouds 

At home inside a cloak of wool


Once we did not graze on each other

Spiritually against everything 


Time was something you were born with, or not


In the middle of flowering, we found a deep freeze

Our staff was like the old hands of corn

And we moved inside a system that suffered but never died


The undeniable reality of land 

Makes me chew through life 


Living makes me spit it out 

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Monica McClure is the author of Tender Data (Birds, LLC, 2015), Concomitance (Counterpath Press, 2016), Boss Parts 1& 2 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014), and Mood Swing (Snacks Press 2013).