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July 2008 Poets Page

A celebration of poetry written by members and friends of the MuseItUp Club. Submissions are invited for this page.*



Poems by Chris Ivins



The Needle



The crystal cave within her mind
A destination she can find
At tunnel's end in shimmer light
A landing, soft, to follow flight

She trips with Lucy in the Sky
And floats with Major Tom on high
The Needle keeps all thought above
Her Redemption Song of peace and love

The tracks and bruises on her arm
Convince her she is safe from harm
They give her licence to deny
The pain she feels, so she won't cry

For too long she's been Lady Night
Her knowledge gone of wrong or right
She gave her body then her soul
The needle high her only goal

She tried to keep her soft heart true
But what she felt compelled to do
With a hand that dealt a violent card 
All served to turn that soft heart hard

Now she is just another number
On slab of cold in endless slumber
Release from struggling in the slum
The price she paid for Comfortably Numb



Raven Sojourn



In coal-dark spirals, colours twirl

On satin majestic wings unfurled

Silky blackness of demon-bird

Deliverer of the devil’s word


O winged Prince of Darkest Hour

I am awed by Raven power

Enthralled by ebony luminescence

Enamoured of other-worldly essence


So come to me my Sable King

Cry out the mournful song you sing

My heart awaits; it will rejoice

In plaintive tune, of soulful voice


My avid eyes will watch this night

The journey of your mystic flight

Heralding flames of hell that burn

The zenith of your dark sojourn



Chris Ivins  2008




Chris Ivins has lived in a small country town called Grenfell in New South Wales, Australia, for nearly four years, but was born in Sydney and lived there most of her life. She's 46, has two children and is married to an ex-sailor. She writes on with the handle 'alpacalady'. (She co-owns a herd of about 30 alpacas.) So far, nothing published in print media, but there will be one poem coming out in a book by Black Rose Writing towards the end of 2008. Chris is a country lass who enjoys writing."




*Send poetry submissions to .

Please include the words “Muse Marquee Poetry Submission” in the subject line. Special themes for 2008 are romance and human failings.


The Poets Page is edited by Les Stephenson.