Ivor Steven: Ripe Tomatoes and a Garden Spade

Thank you to Slasher Monster Magazine for publishing my poem on their fantastic Magazine site SMM. https://slashermonster.com For some alternative writing and reading please take look.


Ripe Tomatoes and a Garden Spade


Only another week to go

I’ll be on the cruise

I’m not feeling nervous

More that I’m fearful

Scared my plan might go amiss

Before the high seas deliver bliss


Taking two suitcases is normal

Other passengers may have three

I won’t look suspicious

I’ve bagged her precisely

Chopped her into small pieces

Stored separately in the freezer


The old witch, I caught her trespassing

In my private courtyard

Stealing my precious cherry tomatoes

I whacked her with my garden spade

Across the top of her green head

I didn’t hit her too hard

She lay there bleeding, not dead

How dare she come into my yard

She’s pleading with me, no mercy I said

And I dragged her into the shed

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

41 thoughts on “Ivor Steven: Ripe Tomatoes and a Garden Spade”

      1. I’m looking forward to seeing your photographs and reading the poetry I’m guessing it will be a little different when in holiday mode. I hope you have a lovely time but I’m sure we’ll catch up before you leave. 😊

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  1. I go away for a short period Ivor leave you to your own devices pop around to your garden to see what’s happening tomato juice everywhere, congratulations on being published enjoy the cruise and hope customs don’t open that case or you will have a case to answer…

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    1. I’m on the VIP list, so customs just wave us through, yep, I’ve got it all planned, and even the weather is going to be quite on departure, so she won’t start melting until the job is done !! although it is a full moon Saturday night.

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