“I See The Universe In A Blade Of Grass”



“I See The Universe In A Blade Of Grass” **

I’m exhausted

And wearing paper-thin

I’ve been crying too often

My salty tears

Have dried my skin

Cracked the corners of my eyes

And etched my chin

My retina’s are burning

X-rays through hedges

My troubled bridge is worn

I cannot see the dawn

I sit alone and stare

At this daily glare

From the children over there

Innocent eyes looking sad and bare

Desperate for care

Gasping for free air


** These words are taken from a line in Sean Rowe’s song, The Lonely Maze, 2012.


Ivor Steven (c) Β 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.

24 thoughts on ““I See The Universe In A Blade Of Grass””

  1. My hero, Jane Goodall said : “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” You matter, you are fulfilling your role and you are making a difference! Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” has always been a favorite. This Disturbed version is new to me, but I like it. Your poem is touching and beautiful. You put so much of yourself into your poems. Sean Rowe is also new to me, a very lovely piece of music. Thank-you!

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    1. I’m Smiling, and liking that I’ve introduced you to new songs, Disturbed’s version is powerful, but I wouldn’t follow him, most of his music is grunge/heavy metal, whereas Sean Rowe is a wonderful singer/songwriter. And yes dear Ellen, I literally poor my emotions into my words, and I’m usually crying all the way through as I’m writing these sorts of poems, but I do like to break away and write my diverse poems, as mentally the heart-wrenching poems wear me paper-thin….. xx


  2. Excellent quote! So true!
    My favorite version of Sounds of Silence!!!
    Love your poem! I am teary-eyed.

    You are not alone, my friend, in your compassion, tears, and caring! We all join with you! We will continued to do what we can for the children in our families, communities, countries, and around the world!


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    1. All hugs are gratefully accepted(I love hugs), I’m sorry about the tears, but I cry buckets when I’m writing these emotional pieces, I don’t hide my feelings, and I poor myself into my words,…. And I’m pleased my words and subject, affect my readers, xxx

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  3. there are times in our life when our grief shifts from our own to rest on others, i feel you have this deep compassion for the children right, keep it focused Ivor, it’s producing some really amazing poetry, words we can all use in whatever sad situation we are in.

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