Throwback Friday. Tall Ships, An Encore, by Ivor Steven

My poem that I wrote 2 years ago “Tall Ship, An Encore” is up on ‘Go Dog Go Cafe’,… ironically my words seem very poignant, during our current circumstances

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My poem “Tall Ships, An Encore” appears in the published book, Geelong Writers Anthology, Writeabout-Two,  2019 edition

Tall Ships, An Encore


Fellow passengers, stay calm, we’re still afloat

I must moor this old sinking boat

We’ll then all alight

Walk the plank tonight

Venture ashore

Continue to explore

Search the empty stores

Behind every closed door

Under creaky floors

Inside living pores

I’m ready for the chore

I need to know more

Discover the final score

Before I’m too old and poor

Let me go, let me soar

Fly me to my encore

Ivor Steven (c)  May 2018


G’day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I’m an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond…

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Tullawalla #16

Tullawalla, Decades of Storms

Hello dear readers and followers, Over the last few days, I’ve been arduously preparing and typing madly, to produce my Sixteenth Tullawalla Poetry Booklet….. and this time, because of the “virus” lock-down situation, I’ve had been able to compile the booklet at my leisure…. For new readers that don’t know about these booklets, they are basically the reason why I write poetry. I produce the 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 submissions, I also donate to the MS Society. Fantastic news this week, with a few more donations coming in lately, I’m proud to announce, that the sale of my “Tullawalla Booklets”, has now gone pass $1200.00, …  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  “653 poems”, in my collection of 16 Tullawalla Booklets. Anyhow the booklet this 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 web site page and I can chat about arrangements from there…. Oh, the booklet is called “Tullawalla:  “Decades of Storms”,              …. And here is the link to my website >>

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Below, is the Preface, and the poem ‘Decades of Storms’

Below, two more of my favourite poems from the booklet, and I’m very excited about the harmony of this soulful collection.





Ivor Steven (c)  March 2020

Time to Read

The challenge for the “Weekly Prompts” is DAILY DIARY. Please go over and visit their fabulous by clicking >> HERE. On my post here today I’m presenting a journal/collection of a few interesting photos I’ve taken over the previous weeks before the “virus” lock-down started last weekend…

Above in feature image, is the poetry book I’m rereading, written a fellow Worldpress friend, Colleen Brown, and on the right in image, is one my favourite poems from her book.

Outside my local bookshop “The Book Bird”, they have a display board with a different “Birdie” quote each week as depicted in the 5 photos below …..




Whoops: A foreign one….




Ivor Steven (c)  March 2020

Because Now

A superbly poignant poem by Ali…. come join us at the bonfire on the beach…. and watch the flames of love burn freely…🧡💛🌏

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on the beach I begin
because now I am ready
and so are you

to turn our fear into fuel
build a bonfire to bring warmth
for all now sitting in cold darkness

I start with kindling of prejudice
add sticks of anger
a log of fear
a heavy round of anxiety
watch the flames ignite to hot glow

come close and sit with me now
add your logs to this burning pyre
hate and terror blaze brightly with heat
finally an efficient use for their energy

let’s watch
as flames of love
devour all that we
believe we cannot face
to singe away, char and reform
all that has been holding us back

love knows how to transform
create a burning
to warm us all through
this dark night.

come to the beach
now we are ready

© Alicia Grimshaw 2020


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Peace & Light, Classic Poems Presented By Go Dog Go Cafe’s, Barista’s

Here’s a classic poem to help cheer-up your day….. and by the way “WordPress” have informed me that this is my ”1000th” post here on my site…


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A Classic poem, by W D Yeats. “The Song of Wandering Aengus”, presented by Ivor Steven.  This magnificent poem from 1899, warms the love in my heart every time I read the words. Below the poem, I’ve also attached the song version by Mike Scott and his band the Waterboys. Mike Scott actually produced a complete album of poems by W D Yeats, called “An Appointment With Mr Yeats”

The Song of Wandering Aengus

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something…

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Throwback Friday, My Dragon; The Trilogy, by Ivor Steven

My mystical poem “My Dragon, The Trilogy” is up on ‘Go Dog Go Cafe’s’ Throwback Friday.

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Hello dear readers, welcome to Go Dog Go Cafe’s “Throwback Friday”. Today I’m posting a three piece series of poems, that I originally wrote back in September 2017. In these days of mystery and uncertainty, I thought it would be good time to present my light-hearted  mystical fairy tale about ‘My Dragon’. And I was fortunate to have “The Trilogy” published by ‘Fae Corps Publishing’ in their recent Anthology, ‘Faery Footprints’. Available at Amazon via >>

My Dragon: The Trilogy

My Dragon

A monstrous Dragon, breathing fire

Did arise from the gurgling mire

Dark gangrenous green, from head to tail

Claws blackened, sharp as nails

Purple secretions, from his scaly chest

A spear harpooned, a grizzly mess

Nostrils ablaze, bloodied red

Eyes seeping yellow maggot heads

My Dragon’s crying, and nearly dead

My Dragon, The Revival

My harpooned Dragon, fallen and out of breath

Gazing around, pleading, near death

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Caressing Trust

On “Weekly Prompts” the Wednesday challenge is: THE ELBOW BUMP. An interesting topic about this current greeting phenomena, Please go and visit “Weekly Prompts” fabulous site, by clicking >> Here ..  Tonight in response to the prompt, I’ve written a Senryu, which depicts my opinion on this sort of greeting.


Caressing Trust: a Senryu


Between hugging arms

From our elbows to our toes

In hope we will trust



Ivor Steven (c)  March 2020