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Breath & Shadow

Winter 2018 - Vol. 15, Issue 1

"I Died Today"

written by

Ken Allan Dronsfield

I think I died today.

Staring at the bare walls;

a knife, a fork, a bottle and

red candle lay before me.

The sounds of blaring horns,

screeching brakes and shouting;

echo from a sweltering street

through a shaded open window.

The smells and hell of the city

permeate the entire room and

the fan in the corner just quit;

but...... I think I died today.

I laid there, on the old mattress,

sweat running down my face.

I dozed off for a bit, and awoke

in lovely fields of green grass,

with white crosses all about.

I watched friends of old

tossing roses of red into

the hole of eternal darkness,

landing upon a shiny casket.

I think I'm there, tucked inside

wearing my dark gray suit,

white shirt and my hated tie...

Oh yes, I think I died today,

can someone tell me why?

First published in Rasputin: A Poetry Thread,

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and poet who was nominated for The Best of the Net and 2 Pushcart Awards for Poetry in 2016. His poetry has been published in various publications throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. His work has appeared in The Burningword Journal, Belle Reve Journal, SETU Magazine, The Literary Hatchet, The Stray Branch, Now/Then Manchester Magazine UK, Bewildering Stories, Scarlet Leaf Review, EMBOSS Magazine, and many more. Ken loves thunderstorms, walking in the woods at night, and spending time with his cats Willa, Hemi and Turbo. His book, The Cellaring, a collection of haunting, paranormal, weird and wonderful poems, has been released and is available through He is the co-editor of two poetry anthologies, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze and Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, available from

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