One Motherland

Hello dear readers, this is my follow-up poem, on the back of my pictorial article about our Geelong’s “Pako Festa” on Saturday >>    My poem here was inspire by this glorious multicultural event, which was both awe-inspiring and at times emotionally teary for me….. Hopefully my words explain my thoughts as the parade passed by me….. And as usual I’ve attached a song, but this is not any song….. it’s a piece I’ve had on my playlist for a while….. a very emotional song by ‘Natalie Merchant’, … please listen if you have time, and you’ll understand how my poem is strongly connected to her song ‘Motherland’…… By coincidence, I remembered “Natalie Merchant’s” song when I began searching YouTube for a suitable piece of music to go with my poem……and for your further enjoyment, I’ve also attached her superb lyrics below…….


One Motherland


I’m standing here watching


a parade of nations

passing in front of me

people from far away lands

walking hand in hand

in harmony

one big family

beyond their first moorings

recalling their ocean crossings


I’m standing here wondering


what drove them here

to leave their homeland

cross a line in the sand

and live in this distant world

on an ancient island

to live as one

under the same sun

cradled by one Motherland


I’m standing here crying


thinking about pointless wars

knowing children are dying

there’s too much hatred

life is so sacred

we are all related

living under One hand

all on one Motherland

we are merely a mite of dust

searching for love and trust

cradled by one Motherland



Motherland, lyrics by Natalie Merchant

Where in hell can you go
Far from the things that you know
Far from the sprawl of concrete
That keeps crawling its way
About 1,000 miles a day?

Take one last look behind
Commit this to memory and mind
Don’t miss this wasteland, this terrible place
When you leave
Keep your heart off your sleeve

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes
Lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe
Lie with me
Stay beside me
Don’t go, don’t you go

O, my five & dime queen
Tell me what have you seen?
The lust and the avarice
The bottomless, the cavernous greed
Is that what you see?

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes
Lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe
Lie with me
Stay beside me
Don’t go

It’s your happiness I want most of all
And for that I’d do anything at all, o mercy me!
If you want the best of it or the most of all
If there’s anything I can do at all

Now come on shot gun bride
What makes me envy your life?
Faceless, nameless, innocent, blameless and free,
What’s that like to be?

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes
Lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe
Lie with me
Stay beside me
Don’t go, don’t you go



Ivor Steven (c)  March 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.

45 thoughts on “One Motherland”

  1. Ivor you captured it perfectly the union of so many nations under one roof living in harmony, it can be done and I believe Australia is one of the few places this could happen. As majority of the people are open to acceptance and the right to find opportunities anew.

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  2. I am reading this with tears in my eyes, Ivor! Perfect poem to capture what you saw, heard, felt, etc! 🙂 I can feel your heart as I read your poem!
    And I love the song you chose to accompany your amazing poem, Ivor!
    On this planet, we are one people, with one home, with one mother…we are family and should work to support, respect, encourage and help each other!

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    1. Oh Carolyn your perfect comments please me greatly….. I had lots of feelings and emotions on the day…. at first I was struggling to put them into words, and then I thought of the word ‘motherland’… and the my poem started to fall into place…. and it was so strange when I remembered the song…. it’s truly a beautiful piece….. and don’t worry, I still cry every time I hear the song…. she sings it with heartfelt passion, that her incredible lyrics deserve ((Hugs))

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      1. Yes I was very happy with how the article presented itself, maybe the poem is good enough for a submission somewhere, but I’ll wait a few days and see what the words look like then. 🤔🙄🌏

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    1. Thank you Punam, the song/poem was written by Natalie Merchant in 2001, and for me it’s always been a powerful song, and somehow I remembered her old classic, after I wrote my poem….💙🎼🎵♥

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