This poem was inspired by the story of a Swiss couple whose bodies were found in the Swiss Alps in 2017, 75 years after they went missing. Following their disappearance, their seven children had been separated and fostered out. Their only surviving child, Marceline – the youngest – had never given up hope of finding them. This is a poem about keeping hope alive in the midst of the storm – for all of us.
The motif of the snowdrop is used throughout, as in folklore, this flower was said to break the curse of winter upon the land.
Originally from Clare, Anne Casey is a writer living in Sydney, Australia. Over a 25-year award-winning career, Anne has worked as a business journalist, feature writer and magazine editor; corporate and government communications director; and legal author and editor.
Her writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper’s Most-Read, and have featured internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, books, videos, music albums, podcasts, broadcasts, and as a voiceover and visual art in an international art exhibition. She is author of where the lost things go poetry collection (Salmon Poetry 2017).