A Banner Of Sunflowers

Continuing on from yesterday’s Ekphrastic poetry workshop, here is my poetic response to Shirley Drayton’s creative piece of textile artwork “Golden Sunflowers”

A Banner Of Sunflowers


up there

above the War’s

darkest clouds

there is a blue banner

embroided with sunflowers


through a hole

in the eastern sky

bearing a message

of ‘Hello’

or is it ‘Goodbye’?

a sweeping reminder

from our Ancestors

we feel your suffering and pain

from the merciless hard rain

blood filled rivers and cratered plains

smoke filled skylines and cracked windowpanes”

however, we also know

beyond the broken horizon

the sunflower seeds of hope

will germinate again

and future seeds for peace

will regenerate a new campaign

Ivor Steven (c) May 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.

40 thoughts on “A Banner Of Sunflowers”

    1. In my imagination I am hoping for a better future after the dust has settled .. I have been to a few of these Ekphrastic workshops and I thoroughly enjoy the concept 🌻☮️💕

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  1. Your poem is the perfect companion to Shirley Drayton’s “Golden Sunflowers”, Ivor. Her artwork inspired you so much. 🙂 And add in that vid/song and my eyes are filled with tears. You’ve presented 3 beautiful works of art today! Thank you! 🙂
    🌻🇺🇦 🌻💙 💛 🌻
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…I looked up the words to the song and found this…
    “The night is so bright you could gather needles” is a Ukrainian expression meaning that there’s so much light from the moon and the starts that you can see a needle lying on the ground.” 🙂

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    1. Thank you dear Carolyn for your gorgeous piece of investigation … they are indeed beautiful words .. and I am sure they’ll appear in one of my poems one day 🌻💕☮️🎶🐶 ((hugs))

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    1. The was song in Ukranian was still outstanding, and I just had to pair it with my poem … and wasn’t sure how my poem would work, but I think it turned out ok …. sometimes my emotional thoughts are difficult to express in words … haha .. I have too many thoughts , and I don’t have words in my limited vocabulary … 💛💙🌏☮🌻


  2. I’m hopeful but also skeptical. Between all that has gone on these last two years, Ukraine, and now these horrific mass shootings in the US, my heart is hurting. But lovely writing, Ivor!

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