We Are Not Worthy, Nor Grand

The Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018 — Exercise 23


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What message just for you
is hidden in this ancient writing?

We Are Not Worthy Nor Grand


The Time-travelers have been and gone

Transcending the stars and beyond

Leaving us the message carved in stone

Obvious warnings, pointing the bone

“You are not worthy, nor grand

to care for Mother Earth’s beautiful land”

Decrying our human-kinds faults

Locking our world’s children in vaults

Poisoning our plants, rivers, and seas

Contaminating the air we breathe

Burning our forests

Vehicle fumes

Nuclear bombs

Rulers greed

Before we even feed

Our fellow-man

Slaughter upon slaughter

Like we’re lambs

Guns and bullets

Millions for every bloody stand

Like dead seeds in our hands

Not giving life, only death and sand

We are not worthy, nor grand

It’s time, to make a stand

Who’s going to lead our band


“It’s Time”,  https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/its-time/

Ivor Steven (c)  2018


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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.

52 thoughts on “We Are Not Worthy, Nor Grand”

  1. we are not worthy or grand, a good reminder of our fragility as a species too. beautiful poem on loving our earth and fellow man. so much destruction, it saddens me to see natural beauty taken for granted.

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    1. Thank you dear Gina, yes my feelings and thoughts are pouring out of me, i’m deeply distressed at the state of things in our world, and he latest tragedy of locking up the children is devastating, and I feel their suffering, I’m crying for them, I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like, to being separated from parents when I was at such a tender age.

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      1. yes Ivor, i have been reading those news reports too and here in Asia we also see a lot of child beggars kidnapped from families or sold into child labour, it’s very heart wrenching and i feel very helpless. i totally understand how you feel, I hope and pray that writing like yours creates more awareness but humans seemed to have lost their humanity. let the words flow Ivor, it wakes us up from our safe dreams.

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      2. Life can be tiring, I definitely understand, I’ve hardly done any comments this week, I worked every day this week, and I’m so tired, both physically and mentally. Now I’ve a weekend to rest and recover.

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      3. i hope it will be a good rest and recover weekend for you Ivor, doing things just for yourself even if its just sitting out in the porch and enjoying your beautiful garden. i have been worked ragged and the coming few weeks look just as bad, thinking of you and sending good vibes across the seas. i know tour readers and followers appreciate you just reading and not commenting, we all have these cycles we need to get through, you are a favourite writer of many bloggers!

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      4. Oh Gina you’re so kind and thoughtful, even though your running “ragged” yourself, hopefully you may have a little relax on your weekend too….. xx

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      1. I’ll just keep writing Calen, I’ve this urge to do something, 😔Another poem I’m writing now, and I’m crying my eyes out, I’ll post tomorrow, I’m too distraught to to review my work at the moment, “When Do They Play”

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  2. These prompts are so creative Ivor. How do you find these? Your poem is powerful. I love the repeated phrase, very unique, “…not worthy nor grand. ” Almost feels like a condemnation from Mama Earth’s bones, were they given a voice. I do hope she’ll forgive us. I don’t think it’s too late. ♥.

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    1. Yes my hearh has been touch deeply, and my soul is responding, I’m pleased I’ve weitten these various pieces over the last few days, and the huge response to my poems has eased the swelling pain in my heart, and hopefully the message is spreading xxx


      1. , I’m going for a little walk every day, back to the Physio tomorrow and Wednesday. Went Pako today then a walk up down the street, and bought some fruit and carrots !! 😉

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