The World’s Crimes (a Tanka)

At Weekly Prompts the Wednesday Challenge is the word: BELONGING. Please go over and visit their fabulous site by clicking on >> Here. Below is my poem about how we all belong to this World, and we all want peace …


The World’s Crimes (a Tanka)


One line at a time

We shall persistently climb

Above the world’s crimes

That bears no reason or rhyme

For making the peace bells chime






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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Please Let Them Grow (a Tanka)





Please Let Them Grow (a Tanka)




Ravages of war

Shall not weary their progress

United they stand

Strong and resilient they grow

Let the earth be their witness






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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

An Unseeded Renewal (a Tanka)





An Unseeded Renewal (a Tanka)




Sunflowers of peace

We have not forgotten you

The war has not stopped

Killing fields are still on fire

Young stems need help to survive







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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Will There Be a Boat To Steer? (a Tanka)

My New Year Poem, and wishing my readers a safe and healthy 2023.

Featured Imagr Above: A photo of Graeme Altmann’s amazing painting, “Hopeful Return”, from a Geelong Writers Inc. Ekphrastic Writng Workshop at the Boom Gallery, Sept 2018.



Will There Be a Boat To Steer


The new year draws near

Heavy clouds are yet to clear

From our atmosphere

Will there be a boat to steer?

Toward life’s unmapped frontier








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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Imperfectness (a Tanka)


My imperfections

Are perfectly camouflaged

Underneath the trees

Where moon shadows protect me

From the world’s imperfectness




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Ivor Steven (c). December 2022

Out Of Breath (a Tanka)

All Featured Images: Were taken today at the magnificent “Ballarat Botanical Gardens”



Out Of Breath (a Tanka)


Giant redwood tree

Bears air for the atmosphere

Is life out of breath?

Nature continues to fight

Despite the disdainful crowd







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Ivor Steven (c) December 2022

Lost Horizon (a Tanka)



Running out of time

Inside today’s twilight zone

Drifting and alone

Searching for the pathway home

Beneath a lost horizon






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Ivor Steven (c) December 2022

Crisscross (a Tanka)




Crisscross (a Tanka)


The deep blue sky-ways

Magnify intrusive wires

Artificial lines

Crisscross every horizon

But nature holds the power





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Ivor Steven (c) December 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