“Tullawalla’s” Running Stitch

My new book “Tullawalla”, has now been released and to order the book, here are the links … Although at the moment the book is still “Temporally Available” at Barnes & Noble !!

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

“Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.” ~ Quentin Blake.

This Saturday, the Weekend Challenge “Weekly Prompts” is Wheels . Please go over and vivsit their fabulous site by clicking on >> Here.


Tullawalla’s” Running Stitch


Who is responsible for breaking my spinning top

The cogs of a Noble Press have suddenly stopped


Some say the wheel paused on a computer glitch

Others heard a dying mouse squeal like a witch

My niece saw a kangaroo jump on the ink switch

I have been told the illustrations are the hitch




That has been the organization’s weekly pitch

It’s time they fixed the son-of-a- bitch

And rewound “Tullawalla’s” running stitch

Because here in Geelong I have developed a nervous twitch





Ivor Steven (c) April 2021

My Sunrise

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


Tomorrow is “Book Launch Day” and today I’m presenting a favourite poem of mine that just missed out on making the cut for my Book.. This nostalgic piece speaks for itself as to why the words stay close to my heart…


My Sunrise

I have walked a thousand lonely miles

Looking for her everlasting smile

Gradually scaling Ararat’s steepest cliff

There, sipping from the grail’s cup of youth


I have travelled to the edge of time

To find the final word of rhyme

Where my sunrise soared into the sky

To recapture her last goodbye

Then I crawled on my hands

Searching for that broken line in the sand


I have dug myself a hole, deep into space

To join her spirit and grace

Releasing my star into the universe

And I awoke, to write more of this verse





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

By the Water’s Edge, (“Tullawalla”)

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 I’m presenting an old poem referring to ‘Tullawalla’, at a time when my wife had not long passed and I was in between abodes, living with my older brother at the old family Homestead.



By the Water’s Edge, (“Tullawalla”)


I am in this isolation cabin

Like a big mosquito larva

Ready to burst

Surrounded by sand and sea

And a river mouth

Tidal and free

And I share my daily bread

A share for you, a share for them

Thoughts of you

And I gaze down upon our garden mayhem

And I see your broken lily stem


I am tangled in this cocoon

Like an angry dragonfly

Waiting to break free

Surrounded by watergrass and weed

Tea-tree and dunes, far as the eye can see

And a garden bed

Grown from seed

And I share my weekly menu

A share for you, a share for them

Thoughts of you

And I stare down upon a fallen brave

And I see your empty bower cave





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Throwback Friday, Sorry for You, by Ivor Steven

I tried to ‘reblog’ this article from the “Go Dog Go Cafe” site, but it wouldn’t work for me, so I have reconstructed the post for my site…

Today I am presenting at poem I wrote 12 years ago….. when I was feeling guilty about my capabilities as a carer. I’m posting here, and thinking someone in a similar situation may read these words. Please do not feel guilty or inadequate, you’re not failing, and there’s really only so much that is possible. You’re not alone in having these insecure feelings, and please understand, us carer’s all go through these self doubts and confusing thoughts.

Sorry for You

Sorry I was not always there for you

I am sorry for your life of misery

I am so sorry, for writing this unhappy story


I could not find your holy grail

That sacred cup of water to cure the frail

Sorry I could not help or heal you

I am sorry for your life being wrong

I am so sorry, for playing this wordless song

I could not find your holy grail

That sacred cup of wine to cure the frail

Sorry I did not travel every path for you

I am sorry for your life’s that is lost

I am so sorry, for holding this worthless cross

I could not find your golden grail

That sacred cup of blood to cure the frail

Sorry I could not be stronger for you

I am sorry, for your world that could not be

I am deeply sorry, for walking on an empty sea

I could not find your silver grail

That angel’s vessel of purity, to no avail


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






Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

About the Author

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



About the Author: Ivor Steven

Ivor is a former Industrial Chemist who, at 30 years old, became a plumber until his recent retirement. In September 2000 he suffered a stroke and started writing poetry as part of his rehabilitation process, to help regain his communication abilities. He has had numerous poems published in on-line magazines, and anthology books by publisher’s such as: Vita Brevis, SpillWords, Drabble, Wolff Poetry Journal, Festival of Poetry, Slasher Monster Magazine, Fae Corps Publishing, Free Verse Revolution, Red Wolf Journal, and Prolific Pulse.

He is an active member of the Geelong Writers Inc. and many of his poems are published in their annual Anthologies. In August 2019 he was appointed as a team member/barista with the ‘Go Dog Go Café’ on-line blog/magazine group.

Between the years 1983 and 2012 Ivor was also the primary career for his wife, who suffered from the severe MS illness, and his devotion to her is evident throughout the poems in this book.

And below is a self-portrait poem I wrote 3 years ago…


Looking at The Mirror


I see an oldish bloke, who likes to write poetry

Personal topics and our world’s society

Why don’t I try to write a bigger story?

Flash fiction, and there’s enough for a book

Am I too afraid to really look?

All my poems are quite shortish

Like last year’s birthday cake wish

Maybe I’ll say, “I’m far too lazy”

I can’t tell them, I’m a bit crazy!!

Nor that I’m a mad Lord of Wizardry


Best I turn the mirror, for another view

They want to know about me and you

I see a bald-headed man, just like my dad

And that’s not at all bad

I always said, if I grew up

To be half as good as my dad

I’d be very happy and proud

And well ahead of the crowd

He was a kind and thoughtful man

I suppose I’m honest and lend a hand

I see, I’m showing my age

My journey has torn many a page

And it’s not that I’m overly sad

My veneer shows everyone I’m glad

I’ve lived my promise, for better and for worse

And I loved my job, a carer during her curse





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Finality

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

“Finally” there is only a few days to go before my book is launched on the the 30th of March, and appropriately today I am presenting my poem “Finality”, and this is another poem that I left out of my book “Tullawalla”

Finality




We will all travel life’s journey

There’s reality in the end, a concluding count down

Finality occurs, not a shadow of doubt

Sooner or later we must retire, and work no more

Old tools are laid to rest, gathering dust

There is a time when we have to say goodbye

To that special one’s, sad crying eyes

Suddenly life propels us to pass our friends lives

The people we knew dwindle to a few

And beyond the lies earth slowly dies

We the custodians failed to see overcast skies

Our belief’s shriveled inside religious sleeves

The jealous and greedy are yet to eat their last supper

I hope tomorrow’s future is better than today’s veiled ways

And yesterday’s trials, become the healing castle’s final say





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Five Shades of Grey

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”… Maybe I thought the poem “Five Shades of Grey” was not substantial enough .. !!


Five Shades of Grey


Daylight turns into night

Ravens scatter in mid-flight

Dark clouds overlay

Five shades of grey

Thor’s hammer roars

His spark of fire, soars

Fiercely a flaming bolt strike’s

Piercing frightened psyches





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

Loneliness

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”… “ Loneliness” is a poem I wrote eight years ago, and I suppose ‘Chapter 2 – My Empty Hands Are Full, Of Memories And Rhymes’, was already becoming too large to include any more of my nostalgic poems…

Loneliness


Loneliness is watering your garden vegetables,

And having no-one by your side to watch them grow.

Loneliness is playing your favourite sad song.

And having no-one listening to you singing out of tune.

Loneliness is viewing your family photo album.

And having no-one to share your privy memories with.

Loneliness is being home sick, oh so very sick,

And having no-one to tend to your aches and selfish moans.

Loneliness is awakening to the crisp morning dew,

And having no-one to feel to feel the warmth of your heart at sunrise.

Loneliness is walking a sandy beach until the tide comes in,

And having no-one to hold when the ocean finally covers you.

Loneliness is lying upon your empty bed,

And having no-one, having no-one here at all.


White Clouds Over Forest Floor Snail Trails


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”… “ White Clouds Over Forest Floor Snail Trails ” is a poem from July 2019 after I had returned home from Philadelphia and I supposed my head was still high up in the clouds..… !!




White Clouds Over Forest Floor Snail Trails


I remember the days well

When I could hear the ringing of bluebells

And the horizon, was an aqua clear skyline

Splashed with drifting white shrines

The fertile ranges enriched by His grapevines

Hillsides full of nature’s green living enzymes

Now everywhere, there’s gray poles, black cables, and yellow floodlights

Feeding hungry digital mealtimes and TV screens under dull downlights

Oh, to again see moonlit clouds glide by with pristine silver sails

Moving slow enough to observe a forest floor’s snail trails





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021

How to Climb

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”… “How to Climb” is poem from 2 years ago, when I was recovering at home after ‘Rehab’ from my 2 recent strokes, and I was feeling very anxious about my ability to fly to New York/Philadelphia, in only 5 weeks time… !!




How to Climb



This morning, I broke my breakfast bowl

We can buy another one

You say lightheartedly

But can we buy another me

I was as clumsy as can be

Awkward to the ninth degree

Oh, to sit down with a cuppa’ tea

Then I stumbling, spilt the milk

Across the kitchen bench

We can easily clean the stench

You say lightheartedly

But can we get another me

Will I continue to fall out of every tree?

Will I always miss where I pee?

How am I to swim the pacific sea

How am I to climb the stars with thee





Ivor Steven (c) March 2021