The Absent of Present. A Poem by Ken Allan Dronsfield

Editors Note: the following description are comments made by the author about its work, “I thought I would explain the poem, “Absent of Present”. I originally wrote the piece as a simple poem talking about the Holocaust during the 30’s and 40’s. Some people enjoy the piece while others still hide from the truths of what happened to the seven million jewish souls, and millions of peasants, Russian Soldiers, and innocents from all over the globe. I assigned the ‘subject’ of the poem as the soul of a jewish man or woman, asking all, can you find me? etc.”



Has anyone seen me?
I know I used to be here,
perhaps there, somewhere.
I feel so lost, gone like
bones in old dry red clay.
Dust in a strong breeze.
I feel like a cat nine tail,
standing straight and tall
then bent over in marsh winds
waving to all around the lake,
lost fantasies rise skyward.
Depth of a cranky shade
of listless yet excited bliss.
Blessed by the thoughts and
prayers of strangers, love
enhanced by a whisper.
But has anyone seen me?
Elders cry for the children
begging souls return home.
The Keep of life’s clock, turn
that key and spike the pendulum
humming a sonnet in rhyme.
The demons and hunger
invoked sincere repentance
for thieving loaves of bread.
As all distressed lives calmly
inhaled deeply well before the
the ovens inhaled the dead?
Seven million souls waft above.
Feel the chills of those evenings
long forgotten, repent your worst,
tarry along to knit your burial throw
kiss the ring and release the dybbuk;
search through dust in the corner.
Has anyone found me yet?

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran, award winning poet and fabulist who is a three time Pushcart Prize nominee and twice for Best of the Net in 2016-2017. His work has been published world-wide in various publication venues. Ken is an Ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church and Member of the Knight’s Templar. He loves writing, thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night and spending time with family, friends and his cats Willa and Yumpy. Ken has two poetry collections, his first “The Cellaring” Poems from a Darkling Side of the Shadowed Mind and his newest release, “A Taint of Pity” Life Poems Written with a Cracked Inflection. He is the Co-Editor of two poetry anthologies, “Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze” and “Dandelion in a Vase of Roses” all available from https://
Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini tuo da gloriam!
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