Philip Casey’s publications include the verse collection The Year of the Knife, Poems 1980-1990, published by Raven Arts Press in 1991. He has also written three novels: The Fabulists, which won the inaugural Kerry Ingredients Novel of the Year; The Water Star and The Fisher Child, both published by Picador. A member of Aosdána, he initiated and maintains the websites Irish Writers Online and Irish Culture Guide.
Dialogue in Fading Light
The moon sits in the chilled zenith.
Emptied of everything but your grace,
night long I stare at its mask of light.
I recall ice dripping into a drain.
The drain is deep and the sound faint;
the measure of the drip is ominous.
Our sun is many times the size of the earth,
and red giants like Beltegeuse dwarf the sun,