Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Present--By David J. Kelly--Ireland


Here we are, again. Perhaps this is the only place we can ever be … here. Even if our footprints have faded, we cannot escape the place to which they have brought us. The present transports us from one moment to the next. Though we may try to slow or stop our progress, we continue to move forwards in time, forever meeting the future. Today, perhaps, you can pause to consider acts of giving and receiving across the world, the emotions they convey, the memories they provide. In keeping with custom, here is my present to you ... here ... in your hands, between these lines. With the greatest of care, I have taken and woven time through these words; fragments of my lifetime, impossibly frozen, awaiting reanimation. Now (or in the future), should you find you need a moment away from the busy world, please remember, it need not be a moment alone.

David J. Kelly is an animal ecologist based in Dublin, Ireland. While his day job revolves around science writing, his light poetry and Japanese verse forms (haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga) have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. He aspires to publish a book of poetry one day, when he has enough suitable material. David is a member of The British Haiku Society and Haiku Ireland.


  1. Hello, David, I really like your sort of dissertation and words, perhaps to yourself, and shared with us to enlighten and define the present. It is a kind of eye-opener to anyone and it is always nice to realize we are all in this "thing" together......... very wise, gentle and compassionate words....... Sheri

  2. quite beautiful and especially the ending since we do often think we are alone

  3. Hello David. Stopped by to say that I enjoyed your poem. Thank you for sharing it and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  4. David I really enjoyed your poem inviting us to pause to consider acts of giving and receiving. Very lovely and thank you for sharing your talent.

  5. Although the style is not one of my favorites, the message is powerful and resounding. The "present" is a gift precious and sought by many. The stark reality that we are alone in this world cannot be disputed. The offer of solace is selfless and lovely. Thank you for the gift.----Victoria

  6. Poetry shares such inspiration and a sense of belonging. Your lovely poem expresses that well David. Thank you for your gift. I hope you will continue to share your gifts with us. Blessings, Connie

  7. Dear All

    thank you for your kind words. I have not been a regular visitor to Whispers of late, but am delighted to find such a warm welcome on my return.