Swans Gliding By

The weekend monthly Colour Challenge, at Weekly Prompts is: Blues! Please go and visit their fabulous site by clicking on >> Here … My poem below mentions ‘Blue’




Swans Gliding By




The showy morning clouds

Are my gregarious pantomime


Their grey fluffy curves

Dance across the sky’s blue stage

Like Ballerina Swans

Gracefully gliding by








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Ivor Steven (c) May 2023

Deadwood (a Tanka)




A Lightning bolt struck

My branches were almost dead

Steadfast, here I stood

Allowing roots to regroup

And rebuild my forest roof








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Winter Slaps Autumn in the Eye (a Tanka)




Winter Slaps Autumn In the Eye (a Tanka)




Time shortens in stride

Autumn leaves pepper the ground

Winter slaps the sky

Midday sun closes her eyes

Naked trees wisely survive








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Between Lines, Who Holds the Power

Today’s post is a poem (Originally titled “Between the Lines”) that I revised/rehashed this morning … I might be wrong, but will I ever be right …

“And I have carried on this war. Though no one wins an endless fight. I have claimed that God has guided me. And killed to prove I’m right.” Lyrics From Damien Rice’s song, “What if I’m wrong”




Between Lines, Who Holds the Power


Do you see, a man walking on water?

Did you see, his feet were bleeding?

Do you read, the missing scriptures?

Did you read, your own family tree?

Do you hear, speechless angels singing?

Did you hear, the songbirds crying?


Do you feel, the erased wars calling?

Did you feel, the hard rains falling?

Do you know, the ones who are lying?

Did you know, the refugees are dying?




“What If I’m Wrong”, Lyrics, by Damien Rice

I could wrestle with tomorrow
Until tomorrow’s in the past
Because I have torn apart what’s beautiful
To prove that nothing lasts I have stayed locked behind these doors
To show there’s no way out
I got lost within the space between
The question and the doubt
I have built a wall between

What I believed and what is true
I have sacrificed the love I had
For power over you

I have convicted those who disagree
And walked over the weak
I have placed a gun within the mouth
Of those who dared to speak

And on an ordinary day
In an ordinary way
I have crushed the minds of children
With extraordinary shame

And I have carried on this war
Though no one wins an endless fight
I have claimed that God has guided me
And killed to prove I’m right

What if I’m wrong
What if I’m wrong
What if I’m wrong
What if I’m wrong

Is this soul worth saving at all?
Cause if I lose my wings then surely I must fall
And the gods prayed to the gods they made

We could wrestle with tomorrow
until tomorrow’s in the past
We could tear apart what’s beautiful
To prove that nothing lasts

We could stay locked behind the doors
To show there’s no way out
We could get lost within the space between
The question and the doubt

But what if we’re wrong?





Ivor Steven (c) May 2023

And I Wonder





And I Wonder 

 
 
 
I stand before a living, breathing tree 

And I wonder about our existence 

Beyond the shade of the ingenuous tree 


I see dreamy clouds flow by 

And behind the baptizing clouds 

A cerulean sky bedazzles my eye 


Above our world’s limited air-supply 

The incorruptible Sun habitually shepherds us 

Throughout the planet’s perennial seasons 


And I wonder about our Sun’s existence 

Among outer space’s boundless galaxies 

Beyond the immeasurable universe 







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Ivor Steven (c) May 2023

A Blue Granite Rock





I was a rock

A cold granite prison block

From a land of hard knocks


I was a rock

A breaker of heavy locks

And tight knots


I am a rock

A mortal warlock

The universe is my clock








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The Universe of Love and Light (a Tanka)

The Crescent Moon and Venus 6.10pm, April 23rd




The Universe of Love and Light (a Tanka)




The Moon and Venus

Crystalize the twilight sky

Together they dance

She, in the crescent moon’s arms

Love unites the universe







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A Butterfly Sits on the Mushroom (a Tanka)




A Butterfly Sits on the Mushroom (a Tanka)


Imagine the scene

A butterfly fluttering

Atop the mushroom

A subconscious fantasy

My Autumn afternoon dream









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Drizzly Drops, is in this week’s Coffee House Writers Magazine

Hello dear readers and followers, I now write for “Coffee House Writers” magazine on a fortnightly basis, and my poem “Cracks and Holes”, 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/drizzly-drops/ 


Drizzly Drops




Small skinny rain drops

Dribble out of the stonewashed clouds

Dripping like sheets wrung out to dry

The birds keep singing, always able to cope

Unperturbed by the grizzly sky


My lightweight coat

Feels like a warm bath-sponge

And my shaggy dog

Looks like a wet dirty mop

He gives himself a watery shake

I laugh, and we continue on our way

Nature’s gentle drizzly drops

Give us no reason to stop








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Feel the Light (a Tu-aiku)

Hi dear readers, as you might know, I have written numerous ‘Double or Dual Haiku’, but I am yet to find a suitable ‘Format Name’ for this different style of Haiku … Today I have named my ‘Double Haiku‘ a “Tu-aiku” and this is the format name I’ll be using from now on … Please let know if you like my “Tu-aiku” name for a ‘Double Haiku’.






Feel the Light (a Tu-aiku)



The autumn magpie

Walks among the leaves and worms

An Easter parade


Below the greyness

We will always feel the light

Warmly caress us






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Ivor Steven (c) April 2023