Paul Casey







Stone Circle Reflection              


The stones are many and large

consider where to set them down

sons and daughters, ancestors


two rings

one of petrified druids

one of petrified crones



their still, ancient conversation

trapped in torus hum

for three thousand winters

vigil oscillates in the sea air


a field of gulls

a field of crows

a sheep circle

in the memory of lichen


we are those strangers

from beyond the world’s ocean

children rush underground

blue, brown, eyes of green


straining from the ringforts

the lists

from inside hills

boulder and oak


our bronze-gilded lightning

as cold fire swift across the spirit-laden sea

will douse all courage

vanish in the river mist


the druid stones,

the crone stones unfold

their roots wrestle free

and still we come


steady through the deepest slit

we slip

our silent eyes

our prophecies


in hundreds we ribbon

the length of the silver way

with a new goddess

to lead the way




Virtual Companion              


this android I married

this heart that is not a phone

this answer-any-question-in-the-world



this unquestioning backup brain

ever-ready scrabble companion

sci-fi fantasy come true

and namer of stars


this legless, personal typist in longhand

media mogul

radio, mp3 player, home theatre

bank teller and yes, one-stop shop


instant news

weather vane

compass rose

this master-slave


pocket pc

instant handicam

voice-to-text poet pad

and digital grave


you morph to a mirror in a click

Some backgammon with that coffee love?

oh torch of blackest night

oh map-master, global positioning amigo


precision time machine

oh trusty teleporter

dearest life remote-control

take me now














Paul Casey was born in Cork in 1968. He grew up between Ireland, Zambia and South Africa, and has worked mostly in film, multimedia and teaching. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China and South Africa. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press in 2009. In 2010 he completed a poetry-film based on the poem by Ian Duhig, The Lammas Hireling, which premiered at the Zebra Poetry-Film Festival in Berlin. His most recent collection is home more or less (Salmon Poetry, 2012), and in 2013 was awarded a Cork City Council Artist’s Bursary to work on his next collection. He is the founder and organiser of the weekly Ó Bhéal poetry reading series in Cork city.


                      By Philip Casey




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