Beyond Crickets And Mushrooms

Autumn has been dry and warm

And the earth remains cracked

Providing cosy homes for the field critters

The brown crickets are thriving

And hopping along shared tracks

Innocently dancing there

Beyond the murdering arms of war

Mushrooms are sprouting on the verges

Stoically poised on stumpy stems

Under sheltering white caps

Nature’s nutritional ground fruit

Innocently standing there

Beyond the murdering arms of war

Ivor Steven (c) April 2022

Ukrainian Now

An incredibly poignant and heartfelt song … please have a listen and read the lyrics if you are able too … A big thank you to Dwight Roth for introducing me to this important and glorious song …

Roth Poetry

Tom Paxton and John McCutcheon have written a heartfelt, stirring song, “Ukrainian Now”, that touches us all. Noel Paul Stookey edited this beautiful video that includes Peter Yarrow, Bill Miller, Tret Fure, Holly Near, Joe Jencks, Emma’s Revolution, Rebel Voices, Crys Matthews, Carrie Newcomer and Christine Lavin singing with them.

Many of these folks are living shadows from my past! They came out of the Folk Revival of the 1960s and have been speaking through their music and lyrics ever since that time. This is poetry in song! This is a beautiful heartfelt song!

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Nominated For, Publication Of The Month, at Spillwords Press.

Hello dear readers and follows, I’m proud to announce that over on Spillwords Press, that my Spotlight On Writers interview with Spillwords in April has been Nominated for “Publiacation of The Month for April” … So eat humble pie guys … and get your VOTING CARDS out again, and if you wish, you can Vote for me via this Spillwords Link:

Vote for Publication of the Month

  • Her Split Tongue Flickering Like A Flame Against Soft Ideas by Bogdan Dragos
  • Days In Our Lives Together by Ash Douglas
  • Easter Bells by Thaddeus Hutyra
  • Survival by Joseph L.M. Sturm
  • Wolfe Lake by Kate Aranda Nye
  • Realization Dawns by Jeff Flesch
  • For Dear Life by Alan David Gould
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain by Mark Russo
  • Scene of The Crime by Clive Grewcock
  • On Sewers by Warren Alexander
  • Sipping Tea by Ger White
  • Going Fishing by Ann Christine Tabaka
  • Spotlight On Writers – Ivor Steven
  • Displaced by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Ivor Steven (c) April 2022

Did Your Heart Stop Too?

Ten years ago today, it was the “Time” that I made a “heart stopping decision”

Did Your Heart Stop Too?

Did you cry too?

When the doctors told you

She was not going to recover

Did they ask you too?

About what you already knew

It was time

To flick the switch

And dim her light

Did your heart stop too?


You had emptied her shoes

Did you sleep there too?

During those infinite days of blue

Softly holding her hand

And not letting go

Did you weep too?

Blankly alone

In her full room


For her last silent breath

Ivor Steven (c) April 27th 2022

Day One, is up at Coffee House Writers Magazine

Hello dear readers and followers, as you may know, I now write for “Coffee House Writers” magazine on a fortnightly basis, and my poem “Day One”, is in this weeks edition of Coffee House Writers Magazine. … please click on the link below and visit my poem, at Coffee House Writers >>

Day One

Before Day One

I wished upon a star
That the milk-bar
Was not too far away
My life’s bread was crumbling
My weathered hands were funmbling
Witnessing the last supper was humbling

Day One

There, beyond the darkness
Out in the universe
From a million light-years away
Under an alien’s microscopic frame
We would all look the same

After Day One

I wished for the dust to settle
Then waited for rusted gunmetal
To mature into household kettles
Whistling hallelujah to new sunflower petals

Ivor Steven (c) April 2022

Promote Yourself Monday: April 25, 2022

Dear readers and followers, here’s a great opportunity for your writings to be read by other writers, and also to find and meet other writers. You are very welcome to participate, come along and visit our writer friendly site… clicking on the link at the bottom of this article >>
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Go Dog Go Café

Welcome toPromote Yourself Monday. All Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to postonelink to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the comments section below.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

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Rivers of Love, is up at Spillwords Magazine

I am ecstatic that during this month of personal remembrance for me, to have my special poem/Tanka, “Rivers of Love” published at Spillwords Magazine today, and I am very grateful to the editor Dagmara for accepting my piece .. Pease go and visit my poem at Spillwords and if you wish, leave a 💗 for my article, by clicking on this link >>

Rivers Of Love (a Tanka, with an introduction quote)
Written by, Ivor Steven

How many rivers of tears must I cry. Before all the deepest wells run dry”Ivor Steven, May 2012

The hail’s coldness stings
An old wind pierces my eyes
As yesterdays tears
Etch raw ravines in my cheeks
Her rivers of love run deep

Ivor Steven (c) April 2022

Throwback Friday, Her Secret Key, by Ivor Steven

Over on “Go Dog Go Cafe’s, Throwback Friday”, I am presenting a nostalgic and dreamy poem that I wrote in April 2018

Go Dog Go Café

Today I am presenting a nostalgic and dreamy poem that I wrote in April 2018.

Her Secret Key.

Do I stay, end up in a geriatric room

or do I fly away to the moon

Live in a cottage by the sea

surrounded by mountains and palm trees

I’ve hundreds of dreams to do

I could take a lady friend too

Marry and honeymoon at Niagara Falls

travel to China and walk the wall

See the sights at our National Park, Kakadu

take a spiritual tour of Kathmandu

Cruise the beautiful European rivers

or just globe-trot anywhere I please

What does the future hold for me

I’d like to keep healthy and carefree

Writing poetry like the muse Melpomene

reciting to the world, about her secret key

Ivor Steven (c) Easter 2020

G’day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I’m…

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