Birds of a Feather

This is a poem I wrote for last year’s “National Reconciliation Week”…. and I’m pleased to re-post the words on my site again, during this important week….

Birds Of A Feather


to colour us all tanned

black or white

didn’t seem right

even a humorous sight

maybe blue and green

would’ve been a better blight

and I’ve been told orange

is a preferred skin tone

best we have more colours

I’ll go buy the paint drums

toss them together

shaken, not stirred

into one huge cocktail dish

and use a whale-hair paint brush

we’ll all be covered the same

a faded colour purple

like tarnished rain clouds

not too dark

not too proud

not too white

just bright enough

to see the light



I wonder what has changed since this song was recorded “50 Years” ago….. ??


Ivor Steven (c)  June 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.

26 thoughts on “Birds of a Feather”

      1. Oh I wish I wise enough to formulate an solution…. But until governments change their attitudes about economy and greed…. to socialology and harmony…. things will not change

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  1. Nothing has changed at all. The element of racism is live in different forms. I suffer from it here in Egypt because I am white and green eyed the Egyptian women hate us and their behaviour reflects this. The only thing that shuts their mouth is money. People really believe others have no right to have a life or live.

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  2. A powerful poem and song combo, Ivor!
    Sadly, just when we think/hope things are changing a bit, we see they are not.
    Some people (and they live in every country in the world) can only seem to live a life of hate, discrimination, small-mindedness, ignorance, bullying, and worse, etc.
    They keep perpetuating all of that. 😦

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    1. Yes.. The news we are getting from Minneapolis is very sad.
      …. The initial incident was totally barbaric and inhumane.
      …… And now the reaction is very angry… Mr Martin Luther King would be very much the right man for the situation….
      The melting pot seems to be boiling… and the fuel for the fire is very volatile….
      And again the response from your racist leader has been irresponsible and in compassionate… 🤔😔🌏


      1. You know I agree with you on all of this.

        Unlike most people I have family members who are Asian, Mexican, African-American, and African. So all of this affects me and my family deeply and personally.

        I, also, need to be brutally honest and say that every time someone on WP says to me “your leader” that brings me pain. I did not vote for him.

        SIGH. Maybe it’s time for me to take a blogging break. I don’t need any more pain right now in my life. 😦

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      2. It’s okay. You didn’t do anything wrong.
        I’m just overwhelmed with all of the hate and selfishness in the world right now. And some of my relatives are struggling with the racism, etc. 😦
        At times I think I’m being overly sensitive and then others I think I’m not being upset enough. 😦
        I think I need a break from the world. 😦
        (((HUGS))) ❤


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