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

Published by


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.

27 thoughts on “Beyond Crickets And Mushrooms”

    1. Thanks Ingrid … I wasn’t sure if the concept of poem worked .. I took the photos on our walkie this morning… I started writing a nice piece about crickets and mushrooms… then my words drifted towards a connection with the ‘war’ … which has now even permeated to the ‘leaves of grass’ I walk on every morning ☮️🌻😊

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Such a powerful poem, Ivor! One of your best! To think about the gentleness of nature and the horror of war coexisting is a powerful important image!
    And the Linkin Park song, the images/story in the video, and the Churchill quote at the end of the video are great companions to your poem.
    I love that no matter what Human-beans are doing (and often it’s not good), nature continues to be consistent, faithful, hard-working, sustaining, giving, doing it’s job, etc.
    That gives me hope. I can’t imagine how awful it would be if nature just stopped whenever we Human-beans are being inhumane.
    On a sad bad day to see the crickets jumping, the mushrooms growing, the sun shining, the moon glowing brings such hope! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dear Carolyn you have perfectly captured and explained what the essence of my poem is all about … Yeah .. and here I was thinking I didn’t get it quite right … 😊 .. the Linkin Park song is definitely a powerful protest war one and visually very moving, again capturing how the innocent children are affected by war. ☮️🌻😊. .. I cannot imagine a world without nature, but I can imagine a world without war … my pic’s where from our morning walkie .. Frankie was woofing at me laying on the grass while I taking the photos, and I was laughing at myself as other walkers wandered pass and asked me if was ok 😊. .. and I guess that’s what prompted me to write this thought provoking poem ☮️😊🌻🤗😍

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sir Frankie was just encouraging you in your photography endeavors. 😉 😀
        Yes, a world without war would be the bestest. I’ve been thinking of your poem a lot today and again it is such a brilliant poem.
        (((HUGS))) to you!
        PATS and RUBS to Sir Frankie! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Thank you Carolyn .. Frankie keeps me happily entertained .. he’s a wonderful furry critter … I think he was woofing at me, to warn me other walkers were coming … I think he was embarrassed about his crazy owner 🐶😊🤗💕

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Willow … and in between Mother Nature is there to guide us.. if we ever become intelligent enough to take notice 🌏🌻☮️


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.