Throwback Friday, There’s a Penguin In My Courtyard, by Ivor Steven

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Today I was prompted to revise my poem from June 2020, because I had just received a lovely hand-designed “Penguin Christmas Card” from my Philadelphia cousin.

There’s a Penguin In My Courtyard (Revised)

my courtyards a frozen pond

cold enough for a penguin

shards of ice lay upon the ground

and a crisp sharpness cuts the sound

of frost covered songbirds unsilenced

as fernery fronds curl in glaciated defiance

in the corner hangs a frigid spider’s web

above the crystlised succulent flower bed

and in a white sky the sun’s ambient saffron disc

again predicts that golden dawns do exist

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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

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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.

7 thoughts on “Throwback Friday, There’s a Penguin In My Courtyard, by Ivor Steven”

  1. Another wonderful poem, Ivor! I have a fascination with penguins. Besides the fact that they look like they’re going to a gala in their tuxedos, I learned something very interesting about them. Females lay a single egg and then promptly leave it behind. They undertake an extended hunting trip that lasts some two months! Depending on the extent of ice in the water, females may need to travel some 50 miles just to reach the open ocean where they will feed on fish, squid, and krill. For the entire time the females are out hunting for food for the family, it’s the males who sit on the eggs and keeps them warm and safe from predators until they hatch. These little facts about animals and nature have always intrigued me and it’s wonderful to see the males and females working and living together in harmony. 🐧

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