Waltz of the Scarecrow
That which gives often…may receive nothing in return.
Do not be deceived by the words etched in stones.
Corn often grows taller than words;
words often grow taller than deeds.
The Scarecrow walks the fields at night through stalks
of corn taller than tales told by the fire.
We take our cache and fill silos; forty suns each field.
Mule shoes and wagons cut furrows in the black soil.
Geese feed in flocks as tendrils of wispy fog surrounds them.
Took one for our bellies and put it to spit and hot coals.
At dusk, we sit by the fire and drink our ale and watch as
women gather husk and stubble for rope.
A full moon rises high above, as a Scarecrow waltzes in
the clods of earth while mice search for seed and try
not to succumb to the Great Owl.
Starlings and ravens pick clean all the cob and stubble
as the sun warms our bones.
And within the breath of a wise man,
the sun falls and the scarecrow smiles once again.
Sonnet 33, A Timeless Splendor
My gnarly bent fingers gripping tightly,
the buttered, black raspberry jam covered,
hot freshly toasted burnt english muffin.
Sunrise has arrived with a cool spring breeze;
my hot coffee patiently waits as does
my excitable, little chihuahua.
So off we go out through the sliding doors
slippers on with mug, pen and pad in hand.
Blue jays joust over old sunflower seeds.
On the back porch I watch the little dog
chasing the ghostly hoodoos and whatsits
throughout the grass around the fenced yard but
barista’s aren’t here so inside we go;
for another cup of timeless splendor.
In this lifetime full of yearning
through which came wishing and dreaming
within many splendid, unquiet enthusiasms
a voice murmured back the word, ‘prayer!’
I was needy and you were solicitous,
my mind always straying to paradoxes.
Instead I uncovered brazen devotion,
the perkiness brought such euphoria
and so, I screamed, ‘Is that a blessing?’
Mattering and assaultive within theodicy
Urging and purging within my slyness,
shyness or otherness, I could not awaken.
Tossing its ghost into all desires,
‘It’s that barrenness,’ I muttered
Queryingly back into my memories
craving the eccentric, eclectic fantasies
the yearning, an essential evanescence
an evolutionist laughed at me in retort.
‘It’s that piety,’ I whispered.
The saintliness simply smiled.
At sunrise the heron soars effortlessly upon the breeze
as waves roll in and crash upon the rocks and beaches
rising tides reach high upon the sands slowly fading away
the sun breaks through my window and kisses my cheek
Round and round and round the great circle of life travels;
much like a whirlpool of bubbles in a small woodland stream.
As the day turns to night, and night to day, while the tide rises,
as the cloudy morning brings the bell and the death bed flow.
Into autumn’s burnt ashes and all the saddened masses;
It was winter’s chill when my spirit lifted; my heart thrived
from a dead, frozen shard and my soul was forever freed.
Just because you’re breathing doesn’t mean you’re alive.
At sunset the heron soars effortlessly into a colorful twilight
the waves now whisper to the rocks and sandy beaches
great tides fall slowly as the full moon rises in a pink sky
a lullaby rocks me to sleep as moonlight kisses my cheek.
As geese slowly cruise around the edge
of the pond, small gosling’s hurry to keep up.
The first light of the new day begins to peek
above the horizon.
A man with his coffee sits upon the deck
and ponders his day.
Mists of the early morning move like tendrils
across the water and dew twinkles in the
green grass of the yard.
The Beeman, donning hat and veil, slowly
walks the path towards the apiary just as
a peach sunrise ignites a Georgia sky.
Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and prize winning poet from New Hampshire, now residing in Oklahoma. A proud member of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, he has five poetry collections to date; ‘The Cellaring’, ‘A Taint of Pity’, ‘Zephyr’s Whisper’, ‘The Cellaring, Second Edition’ and ‘Sonnets and Scribbles’. Ken’s been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and six times for Best of the Net. He was First Prize Winner for the 2018 and 2019, Realistic Poetry International Nature Poetry Contests. Ken has been published in magazines, journals, reviews and anthologies world-wide. He enjoys spending time with family and his cats Willa and Yumpy.