Harsh Theives (a Tanka)

The harsh baltic winds

Whistle through frozen borders

Destroying old trees

And crushing dead Ukraine leaves

Then depart as Russian thieves

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.

50 thoughts on “Harsh Theives (a Tanka)”

  1. A fine poetic current-events recap, Ivor. Well done. Thanks.
    (Friendly proof-reader query: Since your L1 ‘winds’ is plural, shouldn’t your final line use ‘depart’ instead of ‘departs’. as in ” The harsh Baltic winds [do all this damage] then depart as Russian thieves”?

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  2. So sad, Ivor! Very cold winds are blowing. Ukrainians trying to escape by walking across borders, trapped in basements, not enough to eat, no power and water…Poorly provisioned Russian soldiers trapped in a war they didn’t sign up for, fighting halfheartedly against their neighbors. All because of one man and his evil regime!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl .. and you’ve summed up my sentiments perfectly .. but here I am laying in bed a million miles away from the devastation snug as bug wishing there was more I could do…
      Everyday the news seems to worse … ☮️🥲🤔💕🌏

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