Throwback Friday, Hidden Irritations, by Ivor Steven

A short poem I wrote in October 2019, which I posted this morning on “Go Dog Go Cafe” >> http://godoggocafe.com/2022/12/02/throwback-friday-hidden-irritations-by-ivor-steven/


Hidden Irritations (Revised)



Splinters under the skin

Little wounds so thin

Do inwardly sting

And the crying children sing

From under a comforting wing

“Mom, please remove this thing”







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Ivor Steven (c) December 2022

No One Stops the Sun From Shining

Again, thank you to Colleen for another one of her thought provoking post’s earlier today. >> https://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/2022/11/30/dependent/ , and my poem here is a instant comment/reply to her wonderful article.

Featured Image Above: a poor attempt at taking a photo of the moon tonight on my iPhone.



No One Stops the Sun From Shining


I do not try to count

The universe’s brightest stars

I do not try to change

The lonely moon’s moody faces


I do not interfere or stop

The trees from growing

And I’ll never try to stop

The sun from shining


I never had cause to question her personality

We accepted our inherent differences

She was delicately soft

And lovingly compassionate

I was resiliently sturdy

And lovingly loyal

And I will not stop

The sun from shining








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Ivor Steven (c) December 2022

I’m Almost Home (a Haiku)



I’m Almost Home (a Haiku)




Could the stars be right

That life is almost perfect

Tonight’s moon agrees






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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

One Land (a Haiku)

One of best Haiku, according to some of my fellow poets here in Geelong, which I penned in June 2020
Featured Photo Above: A painting by Carole Steven



One Land (a Haiku)
Tullawalla, page 119



Upon our torn earth

Let’s sit around the camp fire

One circle of sand






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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

A Window Stain (a Tanka)

The Tanka is a relatively new poem format for me and I think “A Window Stain” that I wrote back in January 2021 was my first Tanka.


A Window Stain, (a Tanka)


Evening tears ebb through

the window of last year’s stain

Fear closes the latch

Tonight, the moon is brighter

Today the pane is clearer






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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

A Day At the Market

Today I run a Book Stall at the Pop Up Creatives Market here in Geelong (Newtown), along with the help of my Editor/Publisher, Judy. We didn’t sell many books, unfortunately the rainy day keep the patrons away. However my “Poem, Lucky Dip Bag” proved very popular, and we got to meet and chat with those who stopped by, and number a them opened up the poems and read their ‘lucky’ Tullawalla piece for me, and the smiles on the readers faces made my day …

The Market and my “Lucky Dip Bag”

Some of the other stalls

The stall opposite us. … Me and Judy behind our book stall display.


Overall, we had a very pleasant day at the Market and hopefully, I will be given another chance again soon …






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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

Throwback Friday, Itmims (Ivor’s Time Machine In Micro Space), by Ivor Steven

The article I posted on “Go Dog Go Cafe” today >> https://godoggocafe.com/2022/11/18/throwback-friday-itmims-ivors-time-machine-in-micro-space-by-ivor-steven/

“Itmims” is a poem I wrote in December 2018, when I was hospital, in an ‘Isolation Room’, and Itmims space craft was my imaginative means of escaping confinement.



Itmims (Tullawalla, page 60)




Welcome aboard my bubble ship, Itmims

Come fly with me into the unknown

We shall traverse time and space

Across the borders of level seven

Beyond the boundaries of intelligence

We’ll discover the story of Tullawalla

Capture the heart of a beautiful red-head

Learn about her journey of grace and bravery

Understand the depth of your soul

Show others what happens to the heart

Find your star, your colour, your lost art

Walk deserts in space, swim the Milky-way

Breathe the air I breathe, see what I see

Feel her soft red hair, on your cheek

Step inside my Itmims, sharing love on the high seas




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A Writer’s Wondrous World Watchfully Waits Where Wisdom Willingly Wanders Within Wizardry Walls

Today I am revisiting this post from 3 months ago, … I really liked the articles overall Presentation and pizzazz

This poem is made up of four separate comments that I have written on my fellow blogger’s articles.
The Title: Lori >> https://ecopoetic.wordpress.com/
First Stanza: Claudia >> https://humoringthegoddess.com/
Second Stanza & Finale Stanza: Colleen >> https://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/


A Writer’s Wondrous World Watchfully Waits Where Wisdom Willingly Wanders Within Wizardry Walls




Once upon a midnight 

After visiting Poe’s Raven site 

My dark dreary nightmare took flight 

And left me with a fluttering sprite


Over the many years of self-doubt 

There is now no doubt 

I have learned to strive beyond doubt 

And accept my worthiness without doubt


Within us there is a small piece of air

Available for our soul to give and share

However most of our soul is there

For our self-love and self-care





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Ivor Steven ©  August 2022

A Handy Aid




old father time

has caught me

on the hop

my annoying limp

has become more pronounced


as of tomorrow

I shall be shuffling

down the street

with a walking stick

in the left hand

and my doggie

pulling my right side

to balance me up


with assurance

a handy aid

to help reduce

my chronic back pain




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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

Steve the Snail. His Story

Here my “Steve the Snail Story” is from a comment I left on Colleen’s thoughtful article yesterday >> https://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/2022/11/14/any-of-the-story/


Steve the Snail. His Story



I wonder what the story was

Why was Steve the Snail?

Crossing the wet bitumen road

There, by himself

Bravely and slowly sliding along

Determined to reach the other side


Steve’s path was a dangerous one

But the purpose of his journey

Remains locked away

Within the privacy

Of his ‘one-story’ home









Ivor Steven (c) November 2022