Opening a Can of Flammable Worms



Opening a Can of Flammable Worms. A ‘Gogyohka’


Anger ignites smoldering flames

A white-man’s racist hatred to blame

The volatile reaction follows

Requiring a King’s pacifying halo

Not a cane, you stupid man


Gogyohka, (pronounced go-gee-yohkuh), was created by Enta Kusakabe in Japan. It is a “five-line poem” or “song” with no no fixed syllable pattern. It can be written on any subject and use of ordinary, simple language is encouraged. 




Ivor Steven (c)  May 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.

49 thoughts on “Opening a Can of Flammable Worms”

    1. Thank you Deb,…. the film clip of the barbaric incident, turned my stomach …. How our you Deb, I’ve been out all day, helping my Irish mate move house…. moving is such a big task…. anyhow the family will be sleeping in their new abode tonight……..

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      1. I m pretty good Ivor, just lit the fire and making dinner.. I caught up with a friend by accident and had a pretty relaxed day all it all apart from the news about Bobby.

        Its great you were there for them Ivor…it is a huge thing moving… a big wrench and change..

        Hope you get to relax and enjoy your Saturday evening in Geelong.
        Lots of hugs

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  1. Insightful and eloquent five lines, Ivor! If only more people follow what MLK said then we wouldn’t have this trauma over trauma. The murder was brutal enough, now the riots will continue to hurt black communities. I wonder how much more will have to happen before police reform is undertaken. I know most of them are good people, but these bad eggs make all of them stink.

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    1. Yes there’s always a bad(rotten) egg in a good bunch….. I’m afraid the healing process has been damaged again……. and the situation saddens me deeply…… and these were the exact words from my dream last night…… and here I am two great oceans away in Geelong…

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      1. We do what we can to help change the world. Your words reached my heart and I am changed – 1 person reached, several million to go! We cannot stop moving forward with healing and kindness. It is exhausting, but we must keep moving forward, leaning on likeminded others for support. Sending you hugs and love from two oceans away….

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      2. Your kind words mean a lot to me Irma……. sometimes I find the pressures of world around me overwhelming, and I sincerely appreciate your kindred souls support…… and gives me another once courage/strength to keep striving for a more compassionate solution….. stay safe Irma… 💙🌏

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    1. I’m only a distant observer Beth,… but the rift seems very deep, ….. I’ve noticed there have been a number incidents recently……. and now the melting pot has boiled over….. ??

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  2. I learn something new each day. I should try writing one.
    On to the subject – it was a despicable way to treat another person, and I hope the policeman gets his just deserves.

    I can understand the anger and frustration of the black communities and other ethnic minorities that have had to live for generations with Racism that seems impossible to stamp out in America, but I cannot understand the destruction and violence that the demonstrators have displayed. How does that help the cause?

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      1. Racism exists the world over, but somehow it’s far worse in America. I have wonderful American friends especially here on WP and I’m certain they would be horrified at the way parts of America is being portrayed to the rest of the world.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments and and astute words….. This short format seemed to suit my disturbed thoughts on the situation…. 😔🤔


  3. This is so horrifying and people are people worldwide. Racism is worldwide not just one country you will find it raising its ugly head between cities, counties, states, north and south. All these ugly viewpoints have no place in our world. I believe in unity, love and tolerance. I have been subjected to racism. I have no retaliation to them either. Narrow minded people there is no room for you here. You have to love, accept, tolerate and understand the differences.

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  4. this resonates deeply Ivor … riots happen when there is no constructive dialogue around crucial issues … his death was that straw that broke the camels back. The people have had enough …

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