Throwback Friday, There’s a Penguin In My Courtyard, by Ivor Steven

Today I was prompted to revise my poem from June 2020, because I had just received a lovely hand-designed “Penguin Christmas Card” from my Philadelphia cousin.

There’s a Penguin In My Courtyard (Revised)

my courtyards a frozen pond

cold enough for a penguin

shards of ice lay upon the ground

and a crisp sharpness cuts the sound

of frost covered songbirds unsilenced

as fernery fronds curl in glaciated defiance

in the corner hangs a frigid spider’s web

above the crystlised succulent flower bed

and in a white sky the sun’s ambient saffron disc

again predicts that golden dawns do exist

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Ivor Steven (c) January 2023

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 over 2 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. View all posts by ivor20 

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