Who Is Responsible

Featured Image Above: A sketch by my niece Kerri Costello

Today I am presenting the “second” ‘5min’ poem that I wrote at Ali Grimsham’s ‘Writing Circle’ Zoom meeting, that I attended on Monday this week, and this was my 2nd session/week with the group, and I am having a delightful time. Here is the page link to get more information about the next writing circle. https://flashlightbatteries.blog/online-writing-circles/ Tickets by donation. All are welcome.


Who Is Responsible



Our responsibilities come and go

Some do leave, others do grow

There is a limit

To how many breaths we need a day

And there is a limit

To the length of our stay

Here sitting on yesterday

Approving of life’s work today

I ponder about tomorrow

Looking out beyond my dirty window

For the direction of next years ice-flow

To avoid last years cloudless shadows

And dodge this year’s poison arrows





Ivor Steven (c) January 2021.

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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.

48 thoughts on “Who Is Responsible”

  1. I just love Kerri’s artwork and how the animals are covering their ears, eyes and mouth. We have to close ourselves to the dark words of society. We have to have courage to continue in our new ways to bring in changes. Great song.

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    1. Thank you dear Nanette, I was really happy to come up with this little poem at my Zoom meeting, and this morning I added the song and Kerri’s sketch, which will one her drawings in my upcoming book 😀😍

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  2. Kerri is such a gifted artist! 🙂 I feel honored to get to see her work! 🙂
    Those sweet creatures she created with the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” gestures are wonderful! I know that expression has several meanings, but it reminds me we should not tolerate evil/wrong…not engage with those who perpetuate wrong…not bury our heads in the sand but stand up for and help those who need help.
    Your poem is wonderful, Ivor!!! I wish you an amazing 2021, filled with love and laughter!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…Yes, beautiful Sia…perfect song for a new year…YES! the courage to change to help make positive changes!

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    1. Yes Kerri’s drawings are amazing … as you know ..!! this one is a sneak preview to her 5 drawings that’ll be in my upcoming book… and Sia’s song was perfect for my poem… and America has already start the 2021 year, in a courageous way… I just wrote a couple of lines at my Photography group with this mornings’ photo “I am lucky to have a piece of this rock,
      And be a cog in this world’s clock
      😀😎😍🌏🌎

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    1. Thank you Pragalbha, this is the prompt poem that Ali Grimshaw read to us, and then we had ‘5mins’ to write our poem…

      Lysbeth Em Benkert

      Neither mice, nor cookies, nor boxes
      If you open a box and it’s empty,
      if you pull off the tape and flatten it out,
      if the flattened container sits by the door to the garage,
      if you walk past it every day but it never makes it into the recycling bin,
      if it gathers dust and cat hair and kitchen crumbs,
      if it becomes a judgment of your self-worth,
      if you trip on it every third time you leave your house,
      Whose disapproval does your inertia repudiate?
      Where does the voice come from that pins your obligation to the floor?
      How does the weight of it become greater than the inconvenience of its disposal?
      What is the tipping point that slides into change?
      When did this poem stop being about boxes?

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    1. Thank you Punam… and Kerri doing the artwork for in my book, was a dream we started up together, 2 years ago when I was staying at her place in Philadelphia… yep.. dreams do come true.. 😀😍

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    1. They’ll always be something to do, and things to create… and my dear Kerri is my inspiration behind the birth of this project… She’s the one who encouraged me to do a blog site 3 years ago …, because she thought my poems were good enough for everyone to read… 😀😘

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      1. Indeed so Ingrid. And considering how disabled she is,(she has SMA) her courage and ability to overcome life’s obstacles is a big driving force behind my stroke recovery and my writings.. so between her, and my soul mate Carole, I suppose I was destined to be a writer some sort. 😅💚🌏

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    1. Thank you Sue, and lovely to hear from you.. and Kerri’s sketch is a sample of work that will be in my book, probably there will be “5” drawings of her’s in my upcoming book.. 📖💙🌏

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