Throwback Friday, A Single Atom, by Ivor Steven

I originally wrote this poem in February 2013, and I have since then, edited the wording a number of times. I was fortunate enough to have this version published by ‘Festival of Poetry’ magazine, in October 2017

A Single Atom


I see a shooting star, traverse the full-moon

Like a jungle bush-fire, raging out of sight

I feel the heat of midday, smothering the night

Like a warm body, inside her tomb

I see the dawn, without the golden sun

Like a Lyrebird, singing all out of tune

I hear the morning rain, without a cloud in the sky

Like yesterday’s floods, leaving her high and dry

I see a sandy beach, awash by a tidal wave

Like a burning desert, water is her grave

I fill lonely sheets, with empty dreams

Like a dark chasm’s irrelevant beams

I’m a summer leaf, wilted by a frosty Autumn

Like a winter orchid, opening to an old anthem

I’m a splintered heart, inside a single atom

Like a snake’s dead skin, her rejected emblem



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 my life as a Carer. I’ve been blogging for 3 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I’ve been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

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