The Oven Sky

Here’s a poem I wrote during our southern hemisphere’s Autumn of 2019. I rediscovered this piece while searching my files for suitable nature-like poems to place in my ‘Chapter about Nature’ of my current manuscript.


The Oven Sky

The summer flowers have faded and gone

Wilting leaves, look like the devils blight

My Calendar declares Autumn is here

But it’s still summer in the city

Remaining hot and dusty, here on my plot

All the dogs are panting, searching for a cool block

Singed birds have refused to fly in the oven sky

Today’s furnace, is the night’s unwanted heater

Dry rot is crumbling, under the burning sun

Fat rain drops have forgotten their landing spots

And the drought smiles at us with disdain

As we gasp and wait for the cool change tonight




Ivor Steven (c) October 2020

Published by

ivor20

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.

39 thoughts on “The Oven Sky”

  1. I love your poem Ivor! You are right, sometimes summer forgets to stay away and rain drops forget their landing spots. A great metaphor…
    Loved this line… so true…. Today’s furnace, is the night’s unwanted heater
    Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Photo, poem, song/vid…the perfect trio! 🙂
    The word-pics in your poem are vivid and emotion evoking, Ivor!
    Sometimes summer lingers around on autumn and then winter overtakes them both! 😮
    I like when summer goes on vacation and autumn gets to show its beautiful colors and temperatures, etc. for awhile before winter lands. 😉 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Moody Blues was a perfect accompaniment to your poem Ivor. The oven sky baking the earth and keeping the rains away, but soon it will be winter again, you have taken me to a dusty city waiting for life giving water, you have painted a wonderful scene with words.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.