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Days like today


I am not old, but I am worn down and frayed at the edges

And I wonder at what age will I say

Take me away

Let me shed my skin

Release all my atoms

Let them fall apart still sparking


Show me the place where they can separate

And stop their spinning

De-fused, diffuse, drift off

Sink into the moist earth

Seep into the pulsing womb

Where bandicoots probe while we sleep


Soil-dappled snouts carrying bits of me

Away under the dark branches

Glinting with the watchful eyes of possums

Strung with the spectres of escaped cicadas

Show me where there will be no more

Aching bones and world weariness


Where I can gladly give up my ghost



© Anne Casey, first published in The Remembered Arts Journal (December 2016), also published in where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry, 2017)

Picture 10188214, photograph, 1960s, image copyright Mary Evans / Mustograph



Anne Casey is an award-winning Sydney-based Irish poet/writer and author of two prizewinning collections published by Salmon Poetry, out of emptied cups (2019; The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed, 2020) and where the lost things go (2017; The Lonely Crowd Books of the Year, 2019), with a third collection and a chapbook forthcoming in 2021. A journalist, magazine editor, legal author and media communications director for 30 years, her work ranks in The Irish Times newspaper’s Most-Read, and is widely published and anthologised internationally – The Irish Poetry Reading Archive (James Joyce Library, University College Dublin), The Irish Times, The Canberra Times, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Tahoma Literary Review, Australian Poetry Anthology, Quiddity, Entropy, The Murmur House, Westerly Magazine and Cordite Poetry Review among many others. Anne has won/shortlisted for prizes in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia, and has served on numerous editorial boards. She is a PhD student at the University of Technology Sydney, supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.