My Broken Mast

The midweek challenge on Weekly Prompts is Inconvenience Stores. But I’m only going with word “Inconvenience”, and I’ve written a poem here, about a fallen branch from a big tree, at a birthday party that I attended on Sunday. The big branch coming down was of a slight inconvenience to the party goers, or were we selfishly thinking of ourselves, and not thinking of the “inconvenience” the damaged tree was feeling …….. again a timely reminder, of how “we think wrongly”, that we might be in charge of our planet earth !!  Please go over and visit “Weekly Prompts” fabulous site, by clicking >> Here



My Broken Mast


Yesterday, a sudden stormy gale

Ripped through my leafy sail

And tore my oldest branch down

Crashing onto the ground


Leaving my main mast, hurtfully marred

A long open wound, and I’m painfully scarred

Mother, will dry my weeping tears

And I’ll recover to live another thirty years


Fatefully, my debris fell safely

All my owners guests escaped injury

And I left their ship damage free

Tomorrow they’ll clear my messy sea

Then rest under the shade of me



Ivor Steven (c)  Feb 2020

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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.

18 thoughts on “My Broken Mast”

  1. on my phone the two photos are like this beautiful jigsaw, showing the broken branch. your observations transcribed in a poem reads so beautifully, not just about a broken branch, you seem to become the tree, representing earth and the effects of natural destruction.

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    1. Oh that’s wonderful Gina…. I was really being the tree, and connecting with nature…… when the big branch broke off, I was the one who said poor tree, I wonder how he’s feeling…. … and then I’m not sure how or why… I associated the tree with sea, but that vision seemed a natural progression for me…….

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      1. we are drawn to certain elements of nature for reasons we are yet to know, but we all came from the earth and share the same stardust. I can just picture you looking at that tree while everyone else was oblivious and asking, “what can I do to make you better”, am I right?!!

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  2. SO glad no one was injured!
    But, also, always sad when a tree is damaged or dies.
    Mother Nature can be cruel to all living things…fortunately most of the time she is nice. 😉
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…It is my WP anniversary so I blogged about it! Happy WP anniversary to me! Ha! 😀

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