Waiting Time

Ekphrastic Poetry Event
This Sunday, 2:00pm at Boom Gallery

As a member of Geelong Writers, I was invited to join the group for an afternoon of ekphrastic poetry at Boom Gallery. Writers were encouraged to write a poetic response to one or more of the art works of Graeme Altman, Nick Dridan and Meredith Earlson on show at Boom’s Sept-Oct art exhibition.Β  We had an hour or so to view the works and draft some responses. We were also invited to continue working on our pieces at Neighbour cafe at the conclusion of the event. The featured image above, is a painting by Graeme Altman, titled ‘Waiting’, the one that I chose to write a piece of poetry about. Below is my first ever ekphrastic response to a piece of artwork. I wonder if Graeme Altman approves of my interpretation of his spectacular painting.

Waiting Time


I’m a time-traveler on a mission

Waiting for a personal vision

An image of my father’s ghost

To appear above the white-water coast


Millenniums ago, I delivered him to the ocean

Threw his ashes across the horizon

Away from faceless time-clocks

Away from hidden jagged rocks


Now I see him proudly standing afloat

Wondering who’s left to row the boat

Waiting for the breeze, without a sail

Seeking his passage through soundless hail

Beyond tumbling waves, a prism of light

Waiting stops, his alien spirit soarsΒ  tonight


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.

32 thoughts on “Waiting Time”

      1. I believe this!!! Paintings can be very inspiring!… ohhh wait each kind of art can inspire to create another kind of art…. floating energy which create a feeling of happyness!

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  1. OH! I think he would approve AND be very honored!
    Your poem fits the painting perfectly, Ivor!
    I love how artists inspire each other…can be each other’s muses…for example, music can inspire paintings and poems can inspire music and so on and so forth! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, it certainly was a fascinating afternoon. And we’re hoping to get an arts grant from the government to produce a documentary type video, a poet reciting his poem in the art gallery beside the painting, and the artist there too, with his description of his painting and appraisal of the poem. That’s the grand plan at the moment πŸ€”πŸ™‚

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