Defiance of Heart

Life’s challenges always squeezing
temperamental vows of enumeration
careless whispers voiced upon a star
blasphemous scriptures of defiance.
Gallant of breadth on a black stallion
brevity and valor born of the cutlass
an exultation within the remembrance
of glorious red roses dead on a vine.
A flickering flame of the iced candle
life within a waxed obtuse blessing
old shoes silent on that night in May
must tread lightly upon blue stardust
In crystal clear waters off Key West
big jagged rocks hold wrecks in coral
Spanish doubloon’s warm the blood
within wishes whispered upon a star.

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. He has most recently begun producing Creative Content on his YouTube channel and has had wonderful success sharing his poetry. Ken loves writing, hiking, thunderstorms, and spending time with his cats Willa and Yumpy. Ken Allan can be reached at Read other articles by Ken Allan.