Ivan Donn Carswell

Ivan Donn Carswell Poems

keeping a day ahead when
space occupied by those
preceding still reeks of
waste is deemed vagrancy

you caught me in-between
those things I didn’t start
and the few that
simply got away

the simple account
love ran out
no-longer sustained by
medieval bracelets charmed

Yesterday’s dust storm dashed
unrealistic pretension about
Nature’s propriety – there’s
nothing better expressed than

a way to piss
yourself off thoroughly
and guarantee morbidity
is by trying to please

Bob’s view was we couldn’t run
away, rain didn’t demand unilateral
surrender; we were men-at-arms
used at least to deprivation and

even sacred space has room that's
not invasion proof - there's liberal
confirmation raids incurring greater
anguish now occur most every day;

Who stole your scented memories
pot-pourri’s of your youth with
vacant promises – a charlatan
a superficial swain with wisdom

might have been a consequence of
three strong coffees or the splendid
isolation but woe is me, did I forget
which was our National Day?

letting moments like this slip
regales a dream’s allure
insubstantial drifts of form are
sure as melody to inner ear

Let’s call you Frank,
Josaia Voreqe is a bit too,
putting it mildly, Fijian

A Ruddy shame they've shafted
Kev this way - he's always been
a decent man, a nicer bloke you
understand in politics is rarity -

The bitchin’ never stops does it...!
If it’s not for becoming a Republic or
Remembrance to be preferred over
ANZAC Day its speakers stirring


Brazil nuts and
home brewed beer
an alliterative feast
for the aesthete; too

survival questions
candour in what once you
held as dear – dumbed
mementos jousting displaced

that sense of belonging went West
wrapped in cambric with my dreams
I know I fit into the Land – it can’t
get better than that but there were

How do you win a football game? Not by skill alone or clever plays,
in modern days the game has changed and subterfuge and actors
ways will pave the path to glory. Fitness pays a fair reward to keep

A bare moment's cleanliness warns
of imminent death; no question that
virtue comes at the obtuse end of a
duster wielded deftly - there are no

been searching for
an absolute pose
where pain disappears
and sleep’s sweet

Barely concealing emotion and tentative as
if mutely accusing me of complicity she
asked if I had seen her little dog. We’ve
known each other seven years; while she

Ivan Donn Carswell Biography

...If I said I wrote poetry for a reason I’d have to defend my reasoning every day. So I don’t. I write for fun – and if it isn’t fun it’s better than being bored or feeling useless. I admit to feeling bored and useless occasionally. But there is more to Poetry than one man’s opinion of it. . There are many views – no less especially here. Most, sadly, are neither original nor particularly new because that is what we’ve come to expect as an unforgiving characteristic of this Site. . But occasionally there are gems to be found, wicked nuggets of gold garnered from sparsest sands. I’m tossing in what I can. If you’ve encountered something of mine you consider worthy, congratulations. Toss me a line. I’ll understand! . My arbitrary decision to limit poems posted here to 100 will stand as long as Poemhunter continues its childishly innocuous and anonymous censorship practises. I have seen no sign of it improving yet. If you're bored, Try reading: - . . . http: //modernpoet.proboards98.com/index.cgi? . http: //famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/ivan_donn_carswell . http: //ivan_donn_carswell.poetrycraze.com/ . http: //www.igorevich.blogspot.com/ - 'Poetry from the Orchard'..)

The Best Poem Of Ivan Donn Carswell

Breathe Again

keeping a day ahead when
space occupied by those
preceding still reeks of
waste is deemed vagrancy

and planning non-events
because your life depends on
it does not explain why no
demand exists in any case

living in expectancy of a
life-changing phone-call
doesn’t bring order to the
chaos surrounding you, so

unleash suspense, be an
angel freed of tyranny
leave the mess, hide the
phone, breathe again
© 25 January 2010, I. D. Carswell

Ivan Donn Carswell Comments

David Desantis 16 July 2008

Easily one of the finest poets on this site, Ivan has taught me many things about structure, design and flow. I'm always extremely impressed when I read his work, and recommend his poetry as ESENTIAL reading to anyone who appreciates true talent.

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Emancipation Planz 02 April 2008

I have found a new teacher... sure I might wag some days... but be it pet or trouble... when I turn up to class 'I put my hand up....... [careful too many law suits appearing around school discipline] and rediscover....

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Paul Buttigieg 28 September 2007

I have only just discovered Ivan's poetry and I love it.

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Not a member No 4 03 February 2007

Tara got here first and I have to agree with everything she has to say. This guy is a Poem Hunter stalwart of the first order. Clear thinking and highly intelligent, teasing, funny, provocative, honest, compassionate and passionate where it counts, and a damned fine poet to boot! ! The only problem is that the stuff just pours out of him and it's murder trying to keep up! jim

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An absolute rarity among poets - a gem. Expressive, erudite, emotive (often with a quasi-objective slant) . Ivan should be compulsory reading. Well... he is, for some of us! t x

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