A Poet’s Postcard

A Poet’s Postcard


Dragonfly wings are open wide

Guarding greenery under her sky

Shading this wilderness courtyard

The old poet’s postcard

Full of eternal daydreams

Nurtured upon a flowerbed’s requiem

Now an empty ballroom’s finale dance

Melpomene’s* everlasting romance


*Melpomene, is the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, initially the Muse of Chorus, she then became the Muse of Tragedy, for which she is best known now.



Ivor Steven (c)  Dec 2019

Promote Yourself Monday, December 30, 2019

Here I am back again for Go Dog Go Cafe’s, ” Promote Yourself Monday”, on this last Monday of 2019….It’s nice to be blogging again, and be reasonably healthy…. Happy New Year to all of our readers….

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Purple and Mauve

Purple and Mauve


As my evening courtyard garden glows

Old flowers cast purple and mauve shadows

Upon the muse of my dreams

Against a background, once leafy green

Hanging there, a mauve fairy lavender

Above an ageing purple avatar

Looking like that flowering woody sage tree

Petals of purple and mauve, waiting to be free



Ivor Steven (c)  Dec 2019


After a day of giving thanks

The night sky’s moon did glow

Before the next day begun

In this commonwealth of man

We celebrate Boxing Day

By continuing an old tradition

Of giving gifts to the poor people

With the annual charity gatherings

Of feasts and presents for the needy

And here today, my sister’s birthday

A family party with more festivities

Again a day of sharing love and happiness

Giving thanks for our togetherness

Ivor Steven [c] 2019

Almost There

Almost There


So I Say Hello to you

I turned away from you

After almost six weeks

Of this harrowing streak

It’s been no stroll in the park

Resting here in the semi dark

The painful knives have been withdrawn

The headaches have almost retired

I’m almost well enough

To enjoy Christmas with family

And by the start of two thousand and twenty

I’ll be almost here, I’ll be almost me again

So I say hello to you

And wish you a happy and healthy festive season



Ivor Steven (c)  Dec 2019

A Cheery Santa

A Cheery Santa


The season of merry cheer is here

There’s always many Christmas parties

They seem to begin weeks before

Yesterday Santa was at the Valhalla Bar

Ho ho, he was big happy Santa

With a sackful of gifts for everyone

I’m one of the oldest children there

I know he’s not really real

As I had a beer with him 10 minutes before

Yes, big friendly Reg, became Santa

For me, a stubbie holder and a T-shirt

Even a can of Valhalla beer

And Santa Reg joined me for more frothy cheer



Ivor Steven (c)  Dec 2019

Love Surrounds Every Tree

The final photo challenge of the year “Weekly Prompts is: The Tree!  Please go and visit their fabulous by clicking >> Here

Love Surrounds Every Tree.


In Geelong we’ve a fancy Christmas tree

Floating on Corio Bay, for everyone to see

The Tree’s alight every night

Full of electric candles, shining bright

Also there’s a Tree at our council park

However he’s looking slightly stark

And here, under my verandah, I’ve a little Tree

Standing below our Tullawalla sign, for all the family to see



Ivor Steven (c)  Dec 2019