Hello Mate

“When your father’s name is etched in stone It is never as indelible As the etching in your heart” … Colleen Brown





Hello Mate


Happy birthday mate

No, I’m not late

I would have got that stare otherwise

No, never a cross word from your eyes

Everyday, the gentle guy

Yes dad, you were our sunrise

Kindness, compassion, a heart oversized

Yes dad, always by our sides

Everyday, you earned a Nobel prize

Yes dad, always love in your eyes




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Ivor Steven (c) February 5th 2023


Embedded




No more highs and lows

Nor ups and downs

The rollercoaster wheels

Have sadly departed

From their weary axles

And the embedded tracks

Now rest underneath

Dried leaves and fallen branches







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Throwback Friday, Time In A Turbulent Sea, by Ivor Steven

  >> https://godoggocafe.com/2023/01/20/throwback-friday-time-in-a-turbulent-sea-by-ivor-steven/

A poem I wrote in early February 2019, while recovering from my third stroke. I have slightly revised a few words, and altered the title – originally “Time and the Sea”



Time In A Turbulent Sea

My time, weeks, days, and hours have gone

My time, between one procedure and the next

Time to explore this healing castle

Time to write about realities and dreams

Time to chat to eager listeners

Time to observe the people living within

Time to think about the world’s problems

Time to visualise pictures of tomorrow

I am not a patient in his bed

I am free-standing and waiting instead

I am a walking and talking local poet

I am not allowed to vacate the site

They want me near, to study my plight

They want me here, to secure my bed

They need me near, to look into my mind

They need me here, so I am easy to find





Solstafir – Midaftann, Translated Lyrics

Mid-Evening

Now I have come home

After a journey on the deep seas.

The wave was so high,

The saltiness ate everything up.

I drowned in a black hole,

I pulled at the hand of death.

So high, it was so high,

And the moon lighted a path, yes the moon high in the sky,

And the moon lighted a path, yes the moon lighted a path.

So high, so high, wave of the sins, wave of the sins.






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AND
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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

On Days Like These, is up at Coffee House Writers Magerzine

Hello dear readers and followers, I now write for “Coffee House Writers” magazine on a fortnightly basis, and my poem “On Days Like These”, whch is an Assonance style of poetry, is in this week’s edition of Coffee House Writers Magazine. … please click on the link below and visit my poem, at Coffee House Writers.
>> https://coffeehousewriters.com/on-days-like-these/




On Days Like These



Missing you, like a bee and her hive

Like the sun with no sky

Missing you, like the moon of last night

Like a light with no sight

Between the rain and the pain

Between my veins and the chains

Between the waterfall and the pond

Between my heart and the beyond

Missing you, like a swallow with no breeze

Like a whale with no sea

Missing you, like a man with no land

Like a beach with no sand

Between the winds and the waves

Between the flowers of your towers

Between the river and the broken levee

Between the eclipse and your lips

Missing you, like the universe with no dark

Like the strings in a harp

Missing you, my one true love

You, a dove soaring above

Missing you, like a mother and her child

I, a lonely child in the wild










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We Lost the “A” Side (a Senryu)

All Featured Images: were taken by Derrick Knight, and I sincerely thank him for allowing me reproduce his marvelous photos here on my poetry site.




We Lost the “A” Side (a Senryu)


There, on the “B”side

Of her undiagnosed moon

Lay my empty spoon








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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Words For You

A poem from before my Tullawalla booklets, before I began my blog/website, before I had a computer, before I had a typewriter, and when I wrote my words with a 2HB pencil into a blue line exercise book. I do not have an exact date for the poem, but the piece was probably written during early 2003.




Words for You




A book of words for you

From me

Perhaps not all that true

May be?

They could bring you smile

You’ll see


Some sorrow for a while

That’s me

Dreams and thoughts of you

The inner me

From my mind, it’s what I do

You’ll see







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AND
Perceptions is Now Available via:

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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Words For You

A poem from before my Tullawalla booklets, before I began my blog/website, before I had a computer, before I had a typewriter, and when I wrote my words with a 2HB pencil into a blue line exercise book. I do not have an exact date for the poem, but the piece was probably written during early 2003.




Words for You




A book of words for you

From me

Perhaps not all that true

May be?

They could bring you smile

You’ll see


Some sorrow for a while

That’s me

Dreams and thoughts of you

The inner me

From my mind, it’s what I do

You’ll see







Tullawalla is Available From

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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) January 2023

Clear Blue Jar

A poem I originally wrote back in January 2018



Clear Blue Jar


Laying here looking above

Staring toward the sky

Wondering why

Why is our sky blue?

How do we perceive hues? 

And why say “feeling blue”

When it’s not true 

The blue I see

Is no one’s fool 

So why fool with me 

Seeing every new face 

Has your forever smile 

Yours on every dial 

Like yesterday’s last mile 

Doing your time in style 

Smiling faces, new and old alike 

Beaming, even from afar

Smiling at my new life

My life in a clear blue jar

 

Featured Image:  Taken of the clear blue sky, using a Samsung Galaxy S5.






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Ivor Steven (c). December 2022

Every Gilded Ounce, is up at Coffee House Writers Magazine

Hello dear readers and followers, I now write for “Coffee House Writers” magazine on a fortnightly basis, and my poem “Every Gilded Ounce”, is in this week’s edition of Coffee House Writers Magazine. … please click on the link below and visit my poem, at Coffee House Writers.
>> https://coffeehousewriters.com/every-gilded-ounce/

This poem from 7 days ago, is one that I wrote in 10 minutes, while attending a “Writing Circle” meeting, hosted by the talented and gracious, Ali Grimshaw … If you are interested in attending one of her fabulous online “Zoom Sessions”, you can visit her site by clicking on this link
>> https://flashlightbatteries.blog/


Every Gilded Ounce  

I have given 

Did I ever give enough? 

Was there any more to give? 


I received  

Every gilded ounce 

Were her frayed fragments 

Ever enough? 


What is enough? 

What is fair? 

What is the difference? 

Between giving 

And caring 






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Ivor Steven (c) November 2022

Glassy Eyed

Celebrating the 50th year of Bell Park Cricket Club last night. Fifty years of memories and everlasting friendships.



Glassy Eyed



Saturday evening

The midnight hour

Whizzed by

Unbeknown

To the celebrating crowd

My friends are overly generous

And continue to make sure

My schooner is always full




I was keeping count

But that foolish tally

Is now nullified

And I am highly rarified


Sunday morning

Seven hours later

I am feeling brittlely vitrified

And glassy eyed






Ivor Steven (c) November 2022