Leaning Against the Wind

You have to be skillfully quick

To catch sight of the wily wind

Gone, in the flicker of a candle wick

The wind is here and gone in the blink of an eye

A crafter blaster, invisible and streamlined

We stoically lean against the air’s ghostly tricks

And blindly await the haunting to be reassigned

The wind is here and gone in the blink of an eye

Ivor Steven (c) March 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.

23 thoughts on “Leaning Against the Wind”

  1. The wind is one of those things we can’t control and have to adapt to. Love the poem and the photo of the birds! Australia has some fascinating animals and birds! Robert and I listened to “Against the Wind” and thoroughly enjoyed it! ❀ Great post, Ivor! Take care!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl … a windy day at the Cafe yesterday, and I was sitting there by myself, and I wrote these words… and at home I enjoyed creating the post.. πŸ’›πŸŒ


  2. Oh! such a perfect trio…photo, poem and song/vid!!! (That is one of my all-time fave songs and singers…Love Mr. Seger! πŸ™‚ )
    I often wonder how the birds cope when the strong winds blow. We can learn from them with there tree-smarts ( πŸ™‚ ) and instincts. πŸ™‚
    As we learn to cope with the physical-weather-wind…we learn to shelter and stand strong against the emotional-winds of life. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    Are the birdies cockatoos?! They are decorating the barren tree with beauty! πŸ™‚

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    1. The picture is of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, which I scanned from my magnificent book, “Close to Nature” by John Landy… a wonderful pictorial diary of our alpine regions around the upper reaches of the Murray River.. Many of my Australian nature pictures have been scanned from this book….. And yes the wind is a fantastic subject to write about… invisible, but always there in front of us,.., can be gentle, other times forceful and fierce, then at other times the wind can sound as if ghostly spirits are are haunting you… then disappear in the blink of an eye… πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸŒπŸ’™

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  3. you nailed our current crazy weather Ivor … as you know we have severe flooding here and howling winds. Got soaked a few times last week so had the weekend indoors to ensure I stay healthy πŸ™‚

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      1. I am, less than ten metres from the river’s edge but as I’m on an island I think the rage just flows around us! 18,000 have been evacuated, some homes have floated away, livestock are drowning … it’s not pretty!

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      2. The news and TV images definitely depict a horrendous flood…. and this time last year we were a nation of droughts and bushfires … !!


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