Going without

It’s only when I heave myself
out of the bath
that I begin to feel wet.

It’s only when you come
out of the biblical rain
I see you’re crying.

It’s being apart from you
makes me see all the time
I thought I was depressed
I was actually happy.



Richie McCaffery lives in Alnwick, Northumberland. He’s the author of two poetry pamphlets, including Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press as well as two book-length collections from Nine Arches Press, Cairn and Passport. In 2020 he’s to publish a pamphlet with Mariscat Press as well as an edited collection of academic essays on the Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith (Brill / Rodopi).