Anne Casey




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





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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