Warrior (a Senryu)

My ‘Senryu’ today was written as a response/comment, to Donna’s poem she posted this morning. Her emotional words touched me deeply ..
Not A Love Poem | DJ Ranch


a warrior girl

gives her life another twirl

survives in her world

Here is Glen Hansard’s song “Don’t Settle”, that I selected to match the emotions behind my ‘Senryu’, sing along with his superb lyrics below

Ivor Steven (c) June 2021

Glen Hansard Lyrics 

“Don’t Settle” 

When you climbed the hill of vision 
As above so it was below 
Through the apathy and derision 
Each step ascending you took alone 
And when they pin you in the corner 
Pay no heed to their droning on 
‘Cause you’re not going back where you don’t belong 
Well you rose up through the ranks now 
And you worked hard for your luck 
You’ve only got yourself to thank now 
You and everybody else in the book 
And there are hidden hands to guide you 
Other forces now at play 
But you’ve got to learn to get out of their way 
Oh, don’t settle 
Oh, not yet 
Oh, don’t settle 
For less 
May your song ring true and bright now 
And be honed by your own hand 
As the day gives way to night now 
May it echo through the land 
And when they turn your words against you 
Try to grind you to the ground 
Let them know that they might beat you 
But they’ll never turn you round 
Oh, don’t settle 
Oh, not yet 
Oh, don’t settle 
For less 
Well you sought no one’s allegiance 
You were cowed by no one’s hand 
You outgrew your antecedents 
Worked your own corner of the land 
And when they set their sights upon you 
Come to mine the seam you struck 
May you bid them well and wish them luck 
Oh, don’t settle 
Oh, not yet 
Oh, don’t settle 
And don’t forget what Liam Clancy said 
No envy, no anger, no cruelty, no regrets 
No jealousy, no rancour, no confusion; don’t forget 
No enemy, no anger, no incredulity; show respect 
No envy, no anger, no judgement on no one; lest you forget 
Lest you forget what they did to you 
Come on, rise off your knees, you’re not beaten yet 
No envy, no anger, no judgement on no one; lest you forget 
And you’re not going back where you don’t fit 

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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.

42 thoughts on “Warrior (a Senryu)”

  1. I went by Donna’s site to read and leave a comment. For some reason it wouldn’t accept my comment so I will leave it here…
    This is powerful…and so relatable. Thank you for sharing this poem you wrote…You have touched my heart. ❀
    PS…I came by via Ivor's blog."

    Thank you for sharing Donna's poem with us! And your poem to her in return is so uplifting it brought tears to my eyes. πŸ™‚ Your poem and this song are a fitting duo…a sweet, wonderful response to Donna's poem!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Carolyn .. yes her poem touched my heart .. and hopefully my senryu did her words justice .. and I thought Glen Hansard’s glorious song seemed very appropriate 😊🎢🌏😊

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