From the North (a Tanka)

Featured Image Above: Of the Kananaskis Mountains, Alberta, Canada (West of Calgary), taken by my uncle, Dick Meyer (Dec.), from August 1997 …


From The North




Winter will not die

Nor relinquish his title

Without a cold blast

Howling over frozen bones

Of ancestors who have passed






Ivor Steven (c) January 2022

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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.

31 thoughts on “From the North (a Tanka)”

  1. Let the cool breeze
    Pass over swiftly
    On the frozen bones of Alma
    Alma the Egyptian lady
    Who came to sing to died
    Let the winter breeze
    Take away every tear drop she made
    Calm her sorrows
    And take away the heat of summer
    She felt.
    Let the cool breeze of winter
    Pass over our ancestors bones
    Who lie in the gaze of the field
    In the scorching sun
    Let the cold smite the burning fire
    That keeps razing these bones
    That the dead may rest rest in peace
    Let the cool breeze wipe their tears
    From the face of the earth,
    The cries they made in their search
    And fetch for this country
    From the hands of the blues
    Let the weary find piece
    And the young sing indoors
    While sitting at the hearth
    Let winter come
    And pass.

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    1. Thanks Cindy .. i’d just been chatting to my Canadian cousin from Alberta, and about my fond memories of her Dad (my uncle Dick Meyer).. and afterwards I wrote these words …

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