Lines To Nowhere, is up at Spillwords Magazine

I am ecstatic that my poem “Lines To Nowhere”, has been accepted and published in Spillwords Magazine today, and I am very grateful to the editor Dagmara for selecting my piece … Please go over and visit my poem at Spillwords and if you wish, leave a 💗 for my article, by clicking on this link >>









Ivor Steven (c) June 2nd 2023

A Frollick of Forest Faeries

The mysterious Wilderness … The babbling stream … Frankie guarding the black door
Centre Photo (The babbling stream): by Derrick Knight
> https://derrickjknight.com/2023/05/09/why-did-the-lambs-cross-the-road/


A Frollick of Forest Faeries 


 
Wandering through the mysterious wilderness 

I glimpsed a shimmering flicker 

From within the woods somewhere 

Startled, I stumbled and fell forward 

There before me, was a glimmering black door 

And the shiny silver padlock was ajar 

Curiosity beckoned me to enter 

Such a baffling anomaly 


Jittering, I cautiously stepped inside  

Unexpectedly, splosh, my boots became soaked 

I had waded into a small babbling stream 

Below a softly gurgling cascade 

And there, elegantly fluttering  

Above the brooks mossy rocks 

A frollick of forest faeries 

Magically emerged to fervently welcome me 








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AND
Perceptions is Now Available via:


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Ivor Steven (c) May 2023

Lines To Nowhere (Revised)

In response to Eugi’s Moonwashed Musings Photo Prompt: Skyline … To visit her fabulous site please click on >> Here


Lines To Nowhere (Revised) 


As my drapes fell apart 

I saw a setting eclipse 

And I decided to walk 

To the south side of the moon 

Carrying my plastic spoon


 

There, a giant vanilla cheesecake 

Rolled over the crusty moonscape 

On a giant crumbly base 

Topped with blueberries and cream 

Laying here in bed, life is but a dream


 

The midnight skyline begins to drool 

Am I a full moon’s fool? 

I will meet you at our old school

Down by the empty pool 

This time we will not be ridiculed 






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AND
Perceptions is Now Available via:


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Ivor Steven (c) May 2023

Throwback Friday, Time Travelers, original version – December 2017

For my readers, followers, friends and all those who doubt my connection to our unidentified Aliens, my “Mothership” landed for a visit today, to check-up on how I was handling the planet earth’s present dilemmas, and I’m afraid I had to report that the situation here is stagnant and quite grim. 




Time Travelers (Revised) 


Zap, a herculean lightning bolt precedes an astrological power surge

Traversing the cobalt skies, like gigantic electric eels

Vividly scoring chords, to hang our biblical words on

Like musical notes on lines of lost dreams and regrets


Soundwaves echoing, poles apart, going north, south, east, and west

Conducting iridescent aurora lights over our purple sunset

Vibrating quasars pulsating from deep inside outer space

Focusing on the huge magnetic Receiving Dish, signaling “An Arrival”


Recording a celestial traveler, singing with an angel’s voice

Resonating sweetly, like Handel’s, Messiah Hallelujah Chorus

Translated into the universal language of symphonic sound

Digitally simulcast and televised to the world’s population


A Super-Sonic Cosmic message to be heard loud and clear

“We have returned to your degraded planet earth

to again, bestow upon you, Peace and Goodwill

like we have done before, Eons of Millenniums ago”








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Ivor Steven: email, ivorrs20@gmail.com

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AND
Perceptions is Now Available via:


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Ivor Steven (c) April 2023

Throwback Friday, Grindstone Potion … as posted on “Go Dog Go Cafe” this morning

A mystical piece of fantasy/fiction I originally wrote in July 2018, which has been revised for today’s post.

Featured Image:  Bing.  whyou.deviantart.com


Grindstone Potion (Revised)


Before I unveiled your spellbinding disguise

You had gouged out my eyes

And splintered my bones

With your sorceress stones

You did laugh and mock

Turning my soul into crushed rock


I waited at every station

Cursed, you left me in slow motion

With witches sand in my pocket

Holding onto your luckless locket

Then I cast my heart adrift in the ocean

Finally freeing myself of your grindstone potion








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Ivor Steven: email, ivorrs20@gmail.com

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AND
Perceptions is Now Available via:


Amazon: https://amzn.asia/d/4yFHWrT

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Arousing “Itmims”

Today’s poem is one that I wrote while attending a “Writing Circle” meeting, hosted by the talented and gracious, Ali Grimshaw … If you are interested in attending one of her fabulous on-line “Zoom Sessions”, you can visit her site by clicking on this link
>> https://flashlightbatteries.blog/
Featured Image Above; my photo of my computer’s start-up screen this morning, from Windows Microsoft


Arousing “Itmims”


I hear a thunderous storm

Rumbling above

I see a chromatic sky

Illuminating my yard

I feel my romantic dreams

Arousing my Itmims* spacecraft


There ready and waiting

For time to chime in

My next mysterious rhyme

However

Time hears no commands

And silently resets her sundial’s hands

To reignite dawn’s golden strands



*Itmims: “Ivors Time Machine In Micro Space







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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

My Neighbour Wasn’t Mowing His Lawn, (Tullawalla, page 144





My Neighbour Wasn’t Mowing His Lawn (Tullawalla, page 144)


I saw a broad sign, painted by His hand

the words, I did not understand

I thought why? Put another brick in wall

ascending the crooked ladder, too afraid to fall

there I stood alone, and stared

above the galaxy’s glare

my retinas were burning

last night’s moon had fallen

beyond the broad blue dawn

and my neighbour wasn’t mowing his lawn

I then saw in our narrowing crevasse

the universe, in a blade of grass







Ivor Steven ©  October 2022

One More Spoonful

On Weekly Prompts this weekend, the challenge word Glimmer. Please go over and visit their fabulous site by clicking on >> Here And is a poem I wrote back in January, that I thought to be suitable piece for the prompt …

Hello dear readers, I had a difficult time writing this poem, as my thoughts were jumbled and confused, but eventually after toiling away, I think the piece gradually developed into something resembling my initial dreamy thoughts … And then I could not make up my mind on the title, between “A Shining” or “One More Spoonful” ..





One More Spoonful

I was reading my never ending story

about crossing the rivers of time

and climbing a mountain of dreams

then along the crest of a misty waterfall

a mysterious rainbow appeared at dawn

as a shimmering glimmer of hope

and above my unreachable horizon

there was a shining

tempting me to turn around

and resume paddling upstream

to where I could savour

a spoonful of life’s cream






Ivor Steven (c) September 2022

The Last Chicane (Revised) 

“The Last Chicane” is a poem I wrote in October 2019, and this morning I reworded several lines …





The Last Chicane (Revised)


 

I have been climbing every rung 

Even the broken ones unsung 

I have played every sad song 

Even when the words were wrong 


I saw my bird fly away 

Even though her nest stays here today 

I have praised my swan’s eternal fight 

Even through her turbulent flights 


I am listening to the bells chiming 

Even above lyrics that are not rhyming 

I am beginning to flutter my wings again 

Even after missing the last chicane 

I am preparing for the next equestrian 

Even though I am a lost pedestrian 






Ivor Steven (c) September 2022

A Nomad (Revised)

A poem I originally wrote in July 2019, and today I am posting this revised version.



A Nomad (Revised)


I’m writing a letter to yesterday’s nomad

The drifter of my dreams, alone and sad

My nomad’s world is flowing wider

Broken trees floating on a flooding river


These empty words, today seem drier

The receding waters, now a wet season’s Indian giver


This final message, I falsely send

We shake hands, smile, our eyes pretend

My heart sinks, my nomad boards the next boat

Noah’s ark departs, I walk home, alone, in my raincoat






Ivor Steven (c)  September 2022