There’s A Crack In My China Soup Bowl

A poem I wrote in October 7th 2018

G’day to my readers here on WordPress, I’m not feeling well, and I’ve not been my usual self in being able to comment on all of your wonderful posts. I’m off to China on Wednesday morning, doing a compact 10 day sight-seeing tour, including the Great Wall of China. Hopefully I’ll be feeling betterer by then. Here’s my poem for today. I’d like to thank Kate of “Calmkate’, for the use of her words, “rank dank muddy waters”, which were basically the inspiration behind my gloomy poem, “There’s a Crack In My China Soup Bowl”, and also thanks to “Stella”, for giving me the idea for the Title of this poem.

There’s A Crack In My China Soup Bowl

My head’s full of black clouds

Drenched by the sky’s contaminated rain

My chest’s full of green slime

Drowned by the valley’s poisoned rivers

My eyes are full of yellow tears

Etched by the lake’s rank dank muddy waters

My heart’s full of grey blood

Permeated by the ocean’s mercury floor

There’s a stench in the air we breathe

How can we possibly leave

Walk up through those old rusty gates

Are we losing the battle, are we too late

Ivor Steven (c)  2018

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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.

99 thoughts on “There’s A Crack In My China Soup Bowl”

    1. I’m recovering, slowly !!, this aging process slows down our recovery time. And thank you for your comments about my poem, I was tying together my sickly feelings with our sickly world.

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      1. However sickly you feel, age is something unavoidable, true, but you will get better soon. Hope you enjoy this wonderful journey in China. Your lovely and heartfelt poem reflects our human feelings when we are ill and in need of hope for a better world. But remember: there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, Ivor.

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  1. I hope you will be fit and well before Wednesday, and stay well throughout the trip. It can be nasty travelling under the weather and in a over crowded place with a lot of new things to adapt to. your poem sounds so “phlegmy”, but a real Ivor gem all the same

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    1. I’m so pleased you’re happy with the words in my poem, when I started writing the poem about Ivor being sick and world being sick, your “rank dank” just seemed to fit in perfect, thank you Kate…

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  2. Well it certainly sounds as though your poem spells out precisely how you feel!

    I sympathise Ivor as although I don’t have the streaming nose, I have symptoms of flu and a chest infection. It’s very annoying because it all began a week after my flu vaccination. I’ve finally taken to my bed and am addressing Word-press in short bursts with the hope I don’t have too much of a back log to clear. Thankfully, I’d written yesterday’s blog posts earlier in the week.

    Oh dear Ivor, I hope you feel much better by Wednesday. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you ❀️ Sue, I’m figuring I couldn’t get any worserer, so I should be getting betterer by the time I go. 😊. And it is very annoying, blogging is very restricted laying here in bed. 😊 I hope you improve too. 😊

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      1. I would welcome an oxygen mask right now Ivor, I can’t do anything without either coughing or becoming breathless. Unlike you though I’m not planning on going anywhere. My fingers are crossed that you feel better tomorrow πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m sure that is what David was suggesting, it’s good for a bad cough πŸ˜πŸ˜€. I hope you’re feeling betterer than me. I’m coffin myself to sleep here 😩😩


  3. I’m sorry to hear you’re unwell but hope you have recovered by the start of hour trip. It is Thursday here so maybe you’re on your way? It is rare talent to be able to write a great poem about being sick. πŸ˜‰ Safe travels! I hope the trip brings new inspiration for you!

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      1. And I’m in my own time warp here Derrick …. heading into the second month of my bad back pain… time seems to be standing still as my progress is stuck in a time warp …

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  4. Love the photo from your China trip!
    You can dream of, and remember your memories of, your time there as you keep resting now! Remember…keep resting!
    A powerful poem!
    And that song always touches my heart.
    (((HUGS))) ❀️

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    1. Thank you Carolyn .. how’s your birthday week going .. I’ve not been over to your site yet .. me and Frankie are sleeping in … haha .. I wrote a nice little Epigram in my sleep last night and I am thinking of doing a drawing to go with it .. I’ll have to find my colour pencils ✏️ πŸ€—πŸŒβœοΈπŸ’•

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