Sage Bush At Guard Tower Twelve

I’ve been on the run for weeks

Heading towards the Great Wall

From atop this steep hill

My nose tells me, I’m close

And I smell that distinctive sage aroma

Knowing, the sage bush is nearby

At the gateway to guard tower twelve

My old bones shake and shiver

The Mongolians are closing quickly

Spears and arrows aquiver

Fear grips me, and I crawl low

Fingers grasping the granite, block after block

Frightened, I’m too scared to fall

Onto the cold sharp rocks below

I clamber higher, step after step

Finally, there above me

The flowering sage bush

Mauve blooms bowing in the breeze

My chest sighs and heaves

I clear my lungs, and scream

Soon I’ll be free, as I see

Beyond the sage bush at guard tower twelve

The Emperor’s warriors, my reprieve

Saved, I fill the RoyalΒ message bag with sage leaves


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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.

27 thoughts on “Sage Bush At Guard Tower Twelve”

    1. Thanks Sue, I tried to tie in the fact that I could smell my Sage bush for the first time in 4 weeks (I’m nearly better) with my fabulous experience of walking on the Great Wall, and I came up with this quaint poem, and I’m glad you think it worked OK. 😊


  1. Oh! what a wonderful adventure poem! So many emotions are stirred!
    And my senses are stirred, too! I can smell the sage! πŸ™‚
    What a creative fun way to bring your exciting trip and your happiness to be back home together! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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