Living on A Wooden Bridge

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla


 Today here is another poem, that didn’t make the final list, and was ‘cut’ from my new Book “Tullawalla”… “Living on a Wooden Bridge” is a metaphorical piece about my life’s journey…





Living On A Wooden Bridge




Fire, fire, there’s a raging fire

I need help to stamp out the flames

Burning down this old timber bridge

A traveler’s last causeway to the edge

Carrying today’s harsh realities

Spanning a lifetime of dreams and fantasies


Rain, rain, there’s a Noah’s flood

I need help to stop the cascading suds

Fill the sandbags with riverbed mud

Plug the leakages with woolly rugs

Filter off the qualms and doubts

And refuse doctor’s drugs and handouts


Warning, warning, outside there’s a heatwave

I need help to see through this dusty haze

Douse the fiery furnace tonight

Close the doors, the fireflies are alight

Open my eyes, and view the glowing sights

And cross the bridge into life’s future delights





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

A Beautiful Red Flower

This week’s Wednesday Challenge, on Weekly Prompts is the word BEAUTIFUL. Please go over and visit their fabulous site by clicking >> Here. Below is my beautiful response to the prompt…



A Beautiful Red Flower


Auburn was her hair

A ruby Day-lily

A red flame Begonia

Crimson and warm


Auburn was her hair

A scarlet Geranium

A maroon Bougainvillea

A soft vermilion art form





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Soundless

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla 



Today here is another poem, that didn’t make the final list, and was ‘cut’ from my new Book “Tullawalla”… “Soundless” is a relatively recent poem that I wrote in August 2019, and one of those dreamy poems I do every now and then…



Soundless

My dying dusk is falling out of bounds

Evening clouds are not making a sound

I cannot hear her moon shadows hit the ground

And I see the silent night being slowly drowned

Then my midnight queen arises to be crowned

A Goddess of Light, and I am spellbound





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Tullawalla, #22, Who Is Responsible?


Hello dear readers and followers. There’s only 30 days until the launch of my new ‘Book’ , and despite my promotional commitments, amazingly, I’ve still managed to produce my “Twenty Second Tullawalla” Poetry Booklet….. For new readers that don’t know about these booklets, they are basically the reason why I write poetry. I produce these ‘home-printed’ booklets for the sole purpose of raising funds for my favourite charity organisation, the MS Society, in Australia via the MS Charity Shop here in Geelong. And actually all money’s I receive for any of my poetry .via, submissions, I donate to the MS Society…. I’m proud to announce, that the sale of my “Tullawalla Booklets”, have now gone pass $1400.00, … to all the lovely readers, who have donated, to help achieve such a wonderful amount, a big heartfelt thank you, from “us” and the MS Society … …..Amazingly, there is now a total of “911 poems”, in my collection/series of 22 Tullawalla Booklets. This booklet is finally completed, and ready for sale now !! As always, they are available for purchase, either as a hard copy or a PDF format….. All proceeds go to the MS Charity Shop, here in Geelong West….. Please contact me here through my website page and I can chat about arrangements from there…. Oh, the booklet is called “Tullawalla”: “Who Is Responsible?”… …. And here is the link to my website >> https://ivors20.wordpress.com






Ivor Steven (c) March 1st 2021

Candles in The Rain

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla 



Today here is another poem, that didn’t make the final list, and was ‘cut’ from my new Book “Tullawalla”… But I’m afraid I couldn’t put them all in, and I rather liked this little protest verse, and I had Melanie’s picture pinned up on my bedroom wall when I was a teenager…

Candles in The Rain

Saturday was a dismal day

Last night the rain poured into Sunday

The heavy drops washed lustre away

A cold wind cut through my chest today

I’m reading the news from yesterday

The vulnerable children are still crying

Court deadlines are being ignored

Thousands of innocent hearts still torn

Pierced by government swords

Wielded from behind their closed doors

Listen to the multitude’s pleading words

Listen to your conscience

Hear the children’s pain

Let their candles burn in the rain




Ivor Steven (c) Feb 2021.

Waltz Me to the Tune of a Happy Mandolin


Today I’m presenting more of my comments, that I post on other writers articles when I am doing my blogging.. Here below, are words I’ve sent to, ~M~Michelle, Colleen, and Ingrid … I’ve made a few slight word changes and arranged the stanza’s in an order, so as to read like one ‘poem’ , and I think the different “tunes” have blended together ok..



Waltz Me to the Tune Of a Happy Mandolin




Open your eyes a little wider 

Let your heart feel a little lighter 

See the blue sky appear brighter 

 
 
And there upon the ocean floats the big blue sky 

Reflecting the white caps of nearby mountains 

Where the melting snow feeds the oceans’ rivers 

Which meander across the lands’ grassy plains

   

And we look to drop anchor 

In the calm of a safe harbour 

Away from our daily helter-skelter 

Hoping to find that peaceful shelter 

But a truly happy mandolin 

Is soulfully played from within  








Ivor Steven (c) Feb 2021

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla 

Icy Ponds and Cold Champagne

My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla 



Today here is another poem, that didn’t make the final list, and was ‘cut’ from my new Book “Tullawalla”… Probably because my ‘Chapter 1’ on ‘Nature, Trees and the Air We Breathe’ had and an over abundance of poems to chose from…




Icy Ponds and Cold Champagne

I stand here, in a rain filled pond

Leaning against the icy wind

Glazed eyes and I shiver

My boots are stuck in the muddy river

Ankle deep, in a chilly slush

Sheet ice numbing my toes

When will they finish my lane

Tired of walking through cold drains

The tadpoles are thriving again

Multiplying with the continual rain

My clothes are wet and stained

Walking beyond the puddles is a strain

These house-bound reins feel like chains

It’s time to defrost my frozen brain

Allow my pen to write within this frigid membrane

And tell the world life is a bubbling champagne




Ivor Steven (c) Feb 2021

Filtering

This little poem I wrote as a ‘comment’ on Colleen’s site (The Chatter Blog) in response to her post today, “Wearing Thin”, and you may visit her article by clicking on this link >> Wearing Thin | The Chatter Blog (wordpress.com)

Filtering

there is a retired industrial Chemist 

that lives within my old filtered blemishes 

and I’ve forgotten the art of titration 

that identify the residues summation 

but life has taught me how to filtrate 

and separate the good from bad paper weights





Ivor Steven (c) Feb 2021

Haven’t Seen You for A While


My new book “Tullawalla”, is due to be released on 30th March, and for preorder, here are the links

Barnes and Noble..  Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) 

Amazon..  Amazon.com: Tullawalla eBook: Steven, Ivor, Costello, Kerri, Harris, patricia: Books 

www.books2read.com/Tullawalla 



Today here is another poem, that didn’t make the final list, and was ‘cut’ from my new Book “Tullawalla”… Although I am not sure why I did not include “Haven’t Seen You for a While” in the book. ‘The poem was one that I place in Carole’s funeral pamphlet’….


Haven’t Seen You for A While

Woke up dreaming of your petite smile

And pondering, I haven’t seen you for a while

That gentle smile, making you so cute

So pleasing and alluring seems to suit

Dreaming of your grace and gorgeous style

And thinking, I haven’t seen you for a while

The glow on your face, reminiscing sweet things

A silky-smooth body with all it’s offerings

Dreaming of your thighs, where the harp sings

And sensing, I haven’t seen you for a while

The sweat of our loving a distant past

“Twas pure lust, sharing to the last

Dreaming of your love, and more tender scenes

And realizing, I haven’t seen you for a while





Ivor Steven (c) Feb 2021