Poetry

 

 

Anne Casey

 

Patina

 

I feel them everywhere

The ones who left

 

The thin boy shivering

In the dark cupboard upstairs

When I reach

To put away the towels

 

The strange fruit swinging

Inside the wardrobe I avoid

That wasn't even there

When they came

 

They find me

In dark places

Slipping in

Seeking out

 

The bride in anglaise lace

All aglow at the altar

Who followed me home

To show her blooming bruises

 

And her crushed throat

Such small hands

So white and hopeful

Wanting to be touched

 

Gently yearning for a soul to see them

For who they would have been

I feel them everywhere

The ones who left

 

A piece of themselves behind

 

 

 

 

See and hear the poet read her work here.

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Anne Casey is a writer, poet and lyricist. Her poems have been published in The Irish Times, Into the Void Magazine, Tales from the Forest, Visual Verse, and Thank You For Swallowing, among others. She was shortlisted for the Bangor Annual Poetry Competition and was a featured poet in Into the Void Magazine in 2016. Anne’s first poetry collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. She passionately believes that every poem or song, like all art, should leave you changed by the experience. Anne has worked as a business journalist; magazine editor; corporate and government communications director; author and editor. Her poem, In Memoriam II: The Draper, was the fifth most-read item – across all categories – in The Irish Times on the day of publication, and resulted in a furore of social media commentary. As a lyricist, Anne has written over 50 songs, which feature in concerts, videos, commercial and charity fundraising music albums, and on the radio airwaves. Anne holds a Law degree and post-graduate qualifications in Communications. A native of County Clare in Ireland, she now lives in Sydney, Australia.

Website: www.anne-casey.com    Twitter: https://twitter.com/1annecasey

 

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