Forked Tongues

THIS THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM
Lowercase presents: SPEAKING IN TONGUES
At The Medusa Bar
Hello dear readers and followers, if you are in the Geelong area, come along, you are most welcome, and I will be reciting my new poem “Forked Tongues”.


Forked Tongues




War clouds cover the sun

The wind hums through dead leaves

They’re talking in tongues


Beach sand is on the run

The waves sharply rise and cry

They’re talking in tongues


Moon shadows are left undone

Their white light hides under trees

And they’re talking in tongues


The new dawn has begun

Sunrise greets everyone

But we’re talking in tongues






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Ivor Steven (c) February 2023

Let Us Grow (a Memento), is up at Coffee House Writers Magazine

Hello dear readers and followers, I now write for “Coffee House Writers” magazine on a fortnightly basis, and my poem “Let Us Grow (a Memento)”, 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/let-us-grow/



Let Us Grow (a Memento)


The flowers still stand tall and strong

After the ghastly storm

Not long

They cry, before the bees do swarm

All day they hum their song

Conform


They remain a unified team

Work together they say

Then beam

Enjoy our colourful display 

Retain us in your dreams

Always



“The Great Gates Of Kiev”, Writer(s): Greg Lake, Keith Noel Emerson
How amazingly appropriate for todays world, written in 1971

Come forth, from love’s pyre
Born in life’s fire,
Born in life’s fire
Come forth, from love’s pyre
In the burning, of our yearning
For life to be
And in pain there will (must) be gain
New Life!

Stirring in salty streams
And dark hidden seams
Where the fossil sun gleams

They were, sent from (to) the gates
Ride the tides of fate
Ride the tides of fate
They were, sent from (to) the gates
In the burning of our yearning
For life to be





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Ivor Steven (c) February 2023

Hello Mate

“When your father’s name is etched in stone It is never as indelible As the etching in your heart” … Colleen Brown





Hello Mate


Happy birthday mate

No, I’m not late

I would have got that stare otherwise

No, never a cross word from your eyes

Everyday, the gentle guy

Yes dad, you were our sunrise

Kindness, compassion, a heart oversized

Yes dad, always by our sides

Everyday, you earned a Nobel prize

Yes dad, always love in your eyes




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Ivor Steven (c) February 5th 2023


Throwback Friday, Eerie Sky, Teasing Rain, by Ivor Steven

Throwback Friday, Eerie Sky, Teasing Rain, by Ivor Steven

Here in Geelong today we had some cool summer showers, which reminded me of the 2020 summer, when the devastating bushfires were raging throughout Australia, and in late January, we were in desparate need of some relieving summer rain.
Feature Image Above: I’m standing in light rain, at the end of my lane, but the sky is still a smokey haze, which is very eerie…..

Left. A smokey beach in the morning  Right. Looking straight at the sun on the beach

Left. The smokey sky and sun at end of my lane. Right. The thunderstorm this afternoon


Eerie Sky, Teasing Rain

The eeriness is hard to explain

Our sky is smokey again

But here I stand in the rain

At the end of my dusty lane

Smelling the stench of our fiery haze

Now mixed with the aroma of wet maize

I’m stunned, and unearthly amazed

As Thor’s neon lights add to my daze

This summer storm is yet to fully expound

Tiny drops are struggling to cover the ground

The day’s hot, but our sun cannot be found

And this afternoon’s darkness leaves me spellbound




Footnote: When I was about to post this article, the heavy rain did come…. At last the sky did start crying over the fires of South-Eastern Australia, and gave our exhausted firefighters a timely reprieve.






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Ivor Steven (c) January 2020

Birds Under Trees




Birds Under Trees



Below the wavering clouds

Nature’s noble trees

become the birds shrouds

and the world’s true trustees

There, under the sheltering steeples

the earth is their sacred temple






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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Becalmed Without an Alibi





Time to unshackle my inflatable raft

And reignite my charred draft

I left floating down the river

When I was the disabled driver

Of my Itmims space craft


Sadly, the fuel tank is running on empty

And the secondhand battery is almost dry

I need to recharge my world beyond page twenty

And being becalmed is not an imaginative alibi


Itmims; Ivor’s Time Machine In Micro Space







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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Birds on Wires 




Birds on Wires 


Weary gray clouds 

Lay anchored in the sky 

Moist air hangs breathless 

Not a wisp to disperse the flies 

An anxious sweaty dampness

Clings to everything 


Birds on wires sit motionless 

Waiting for a thermal updraft 

To lift spirits beyond this world of smallness

Where greed and wars seem senseless

And remain the leader’s primary craft 







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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Throwback Friday, I’m A Dreamer, by Ivor Steven

This is a copy of my article that I posted on “Go Dog Go Cafe” early this morning >> https://godoggocafe.com/2023/01/27/throwback-friday-im-a-dreamer-by-ivor-steven/

Lately I have been reading the poems I wrote while I was hostpital 4 years ago, recovering from 2 strokes that had occured only 7 weeks apart. Needless to say, I was down and out, and looking back through my writings during those difficut months, I am both surprised and fascinated at how I was able cope and still managed to produce so many emotion pieces from the confines of my hospital bed. Todays poem “I’m A Dreamer”, as is my way, has been slightly revised.




I’m A Dreamer
 (Revised)

I am here on a hospital bed, life’s not quite right

Today’s window, is out of sight

I sense that the sun did rise and the day is now alight

Answering the sky, I’m a dreamer of the night

Morning thoughts of the day ahead, within this quiet

I could be in the park, flying my orange kite

Under a cool verandah, riding my silver bike

On the surf beach, cleansing myself of this blight

Lying on warm sand, sunbathing my body beyond white

Reality strikes, I’m here waiting for the next test’s bite






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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

Words (an Acrostic Poem)





Words (an Acrostic Poem) 


 
 
Wandering along this winding road 

Over hallowed hills carrying my ethereal load 

Rivers of tears overflowed into the sea 

Disheartened, but encouraged by the prevailing breeze 

Secretly, I keep sailing toward her sacred tree 







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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

A Dishonoured Land (a Tanka)

The storm at the Box Office Cafe, and Frankie sheltering from the storm …



A Dishonoured Land (a Tanka)




Today, time decreed

Nature’s enslaved angry storm

Be discharged upon

The unsympathetic world

To cleanse the dishonoured land






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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023