The Gates of Hell Over Stolen Ground

Do you feel the weight?

Of radio-active clouds

Hanging over stolen ground

Do you hear the birds singing?


Is that peaceful sound

Do you hear warning sirens howl?

Resonating like old war songs

When bombs are guided into sacred ground

Fires from hell destroying beds and towns


As ashen children wander over burnt ground

Home is a communal air-raid shelter

Where families fearfully huddle together underground


The torn loyalties of alien soldiers

Tread lightly and warily upon broken ground

Ivor Steven (c) March 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.

49 thoughts on “The Gates of Hell Over Stolen Ground”

  1. Well said, Ivor.
    A paranoid dictator has decided that the best form of defence is to attack the neighbours, the innocent people next door, their children, their pets, their homes, and their places of work, their schools and places of worship, whole communities of innocents. What is wrong here is that there was no attack to defend himself from. So, a cowardly action of a man who is afraid of his own shadow.

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