Icy Rain Again (a Tanka)

I have not been paying much attention to how Tullawalla was going in eBook rankings on ‘Amazon Kindle’, and to my surprise Tullawalla was at #10 on Amazon Kindle, Best Sellers in Australian & Oceanian Poetry List Amazing

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Icy Rain Again (a Tanka)




Cold winds follow me

Over flooded icy plains

Crackling through bare trees

Freezing hailstones chasing rain

Sheets of heavy sleet again





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Petrified Ground

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Petrified Ground


A raucous howling awakens me

Holding my blankets tightly, I see frightened birds flee

And I hear the fallacious wind wailing

Cutting holes through the hollow night air


I sense a ferocious storm unfolding

From beyond the dark curtained clouds

A foreboding haunting loudly erupts

Cracking and snapping at the starless sky

Clattering with the volume of a coal train

Then perniciously heavy splashes of rain

Start to pound the petrified ground





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Fallen Leaflets (a Tanka)

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Fallen Leaflets (a Tanka)


Ancient trees of life

Anoint colour to the sky

Leaves shadow the ground

Leaflet words long forgotten

Tales of people and forests





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Life’s Acid Test

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Life’s Acid Test


Am I depressed?

Or sadly feeling undressed

Am I oppressed?

Or badly needing to be caressed


I must confess

Am I under arrest?

Inside my own nest

Impatiently unimpressed


Are we possessed?

Waiting for life’s acid test

That alien alpha bequest

Or an eerie beta pest





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

A Random Kingdom




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A Random Kingdom



Sometimes we put pieces away 

Because our emotion altered next day
 
But the thoughts are there to stay
 
And arise again to be an honest display  




The whispering wind is an elusive creature

And is mother nature’s operatic music teacher

Her sculpturing hands of life
 
Are our world’s palate knife


 

That damn old clock never stops

Not even for a pause

To chat with Santa Clause

Even the sundial shadow

Works every tomorrow

But there will be a day,

When love will be here to stay 





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Tullawalla Flies Again

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My Dragon, Can He Fly


My wounded Dragon, stands so proud

His misty eyes, looking up to the clouds

Seeing graceful birds flying apart

He feels a huge scar close to his heart

My Dragon bows, and shakes his beastly head

But his enormous tail feels like lead

Flapping one wing, then the other

Dejected he looks, not even a hover

Nostrils snorting, no sign of fire

To fly again, his deepest desire

From within I hear, rumblings soar

My Dragon spews an almighty roar

And his gigantic jaws open wide

A bloodied tongue swishes from side to side

He swallows and belches another gruesome howl

A flame burst deep from his boughs

My Dragon frantically begins to respire

Again, and again, he exhales fire

And gyrating his heavy green tail

He spreads his wings, like full sails

Frightened at first, fluttering end-to-end

My jumbo-sized reptile gradually ascends

Twenty, then fifty, a hundred leagues above

Suddenly flying, like a flock of doves

Magically rolling and frolicking he flies

Happily, he shrieks, and swoosh, down he dives

Majestically gliding, he arrives

My Dragon, again King of the skies



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Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

A Butterfly and the Bookworm


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A Butterfly and the Bookworm


“Do you know how to fly?”

Said the butterfly to the bookworm

“No” The old bookworm replied

“However, I did have an aeroplane ride”

And he added

“After I had eaten all the words out of the recycle bin

a nasty jet-stream zoomed by and clipped my wings”


[Butterfly] “That was harsh for only swallowing leftover rubbish

which had never been recited nor published”

[Bookworm] “Yep, and on my flight back I suffered

locked in a box with refurbished hardcovers

that had very chewy dust-covers

and were tough skinned like my kangaroo brothers

[Butterfly] “Did you munch on the titles inside that cardboard nook

[Bookworm] “No! The covers glared at me with a spooky look”

[Butterfly] “What was the name of that mysterious book”

[Bookworm] “Tullawalla was the one that magically shook

Looking like a colourful and captured snook

Soon to be released from its grappling hook”





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Pegasus is Flying North




SORRY — My publisher has withdrawn Tullawalla from B&N … B&N have to re-edit and repair the “Amateurish” errors & stuff ups “They” have made
Hopefully — Available again in 7 days time …


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Pegasus is Flying North


I have withdrawn my Tullawalla booklets from the MS shop

Management was not prepared to display them in a suitable spot

Their lack of support for my years of devotion came as a shock



They say “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”

Old steads galloped out heading deep south

Then a Pegasus came trotting in from the north


My new position at the Coffee House Writers is a glorious gift

And I face another adventurous climb beyond unknown cliffs

They say “I have thrown myself onto to floor of an open lift”

But hopefully they will pick me up and set my full sail adrift





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Believe It or Not

Hi dear readers and followers. I have been quieter than normal lately, and this is mainly because some of my time has been taken up by my new commitments with “Coffee House Writers” … yes you heard right!!
I applied to join the prestigous Coffee House Writers magazine two months ago, and I am humbled and proud to announce that I have been accepted into the group. I am now an ‘Intern’ contributor at “Coffeee House Writers”.
At the moment I am very much a learner, and I submitted my first article/poem to my mentor/editor this week, which is due for publication next Monday. I am both very excited and very nervous, but no matter what happens, I am going to give this incredible opportunity my best shot .. Now for my profile photo at the magazine, and of some celebratory Music …


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Ivor Steven (c) July 2021

Wintry Daze



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Wintry Daze


Twelve hours have drifted away

Wintry sleepiness is here to stay

Weary eyes were closed for half a day

Bedtime coziness the night’s open sleigh


Noon’s sun-ray shyly auditioned a faceless display

Spotlighting a matinee of the world’s oppressed ballet

Then quickly vanished into twilight’s glimmering archway

And silently hid under grandma’s patchwork crochet





Ivor Steven (c) July 2021