The stubble is damp

and sparks dance

harmlessly over the stalks:


how beautiful they look

in the night, cascading

over the hillside


then fading, fading,

like a memory of children’s voices.




Ted Mc Carthy lives and teaches in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in magazines in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Austria and Germany. He has had two collections published, November Wedding and Beverly Downs. He is currently working on a third collection, as well as a series of translations.