McCabe, Victoria

United States, (b. 1948)

What the Bride Saw

  1. The hottest afternoon in August,
  2. Three gilts nosed under the fence,
  3. Rooted up the new garden until the man
  4. Raged out of the house, swearing
  5. And running
  6.  
  7. For fifty minutes he chased to get them in.
  8. One snorted its pure
  9. Defiance, would not be guided
  10. To the hoglot, wore the man
  11. To a humid frazzle. He’d had all
  12. He would take; found a two-by-four
  13. Near the shed; swung it, for practice
  14. In mid-air.
  15.  
  16. He would never talk, later, of how
  17. He clubbed the pig in a corner, chopping
  18. At its hide until it collapsed, grunting
  19. And snorting, the bright blood splotching
  20. Up the fence they’d painted “Barnyard
  21. White” the week before. He couldn’t
  22. Stop chopping.
  23.  
  24. No one now would believe it, she often
  25. Thought, after the years of his deep
  26. Silence, after seeing him walk away
  27. From a fight or two. But she knew
  28. The fury in him, and worked to keep
  29. On his good side.

© Victoria McCabe. from: Rape, Incest, Battery: women writing out the pain, edited by Miriam Kalman Harris. Fort Worth, Texas: TCU Press (2000).

About the Poet:

Victoria McCabe (b. 1948) is a U.S. poet and teacher. McCabe received her Ph.D., from the University of Denver and most recently she taught creative writing and English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and was also Poetry Editor of the Writers Forum

McCabe’s books include Victorian Poems (1970), John Keats’s Porridge (1975), and Until Death (1980). She has published poems in many journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, South Dakota Review, and New Letters. [DES-07/12]

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