Everlasting Smile

Feature Image: Courtesy, “humouringthegoddess”, thankyou Claudia, for permitting me to use this beautiful photo, I’ve tagged the picture, “Smiling Leafs”.


My eyes, narrowly cracked.

My cheeks, slightly etched.

I rest here, retracing every mile.

Remembering, your everlasting smile.

My lips, already dry.

My tongue, trying to say goodbye.

I wonder, was it all worthwhile.

Remembering, your loneliest smile.

My throat, lumpy and sore.

My chest, heavy as never before.

I look back, recalling your life-style.

Remembering, your younger smile.

My lungs, empty and tight.

My legs, weak and light.

I relive, your personal exile.

Remembering, your generous smile

My head, spinning from fright.

My heart, deep and out of sight

I sleep alone, crying like a child.

Remembering, your everlasting smile.


Ivor Steven.

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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.

65 thoughts on “Everlasting Smile”

    1. Sincerely Thankyou Kelvin, always appreciate your comments. I’m still trying to fathom, how I can explain to the world, how a person suffering so much, could be so gracious with her situation, and remain a smiling Angel

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  1. Wow, this could get one finding an handkerchief. So sad yet so beautiful.
    I love your art of writing. Your description couldn’t be any better. Nice and glad to have followed you.


    1. Haha, I’ve always got plenty of hankerchief’s on hand, and that reminds me, if you go back on my site and find “This Fence” July 5th, there’s a little 2 liner, attached at the bottom of the piece, called “Tears”, hope you enjoy, and thanks from taking the time to read several of my poems….

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  2. I remember this. I remember how much I cried reading it. This was our connection. Same life thread… It was so powerful to me. Yes. I can see why he liked it. I can feel her in every word. You’ve captured her beautifully. You’ve also captured your love of her. I need some tissues now. Need to keep those in stock always. LOL.

    Thank you for you. What was my life before these moments? Not sure. But it is so much better now.


    1. You bring me to tears Mel, but don’t worry, they’re tears of “Liquid Joy” [another poem of mine], and I think we do the teary thing to each other, and my feelings just continue to pour out into my writings, You’ve definitely helped me find myself and I feel stronger and clearer because of you, haha, there’s a song there somewhere xx

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  3. this is very sweet, I am sure you remember her every smile as I do my boy’s. each one a special crinkle in my heart. that she smiled often means she was very happy with you, you are a good man Ivor. So happy to read your beautiful dedications to a much loved woman.

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  4. Ivor, the lady reading that or hearing it from your own mouth, would have no doubt what a gentle and kind soul you are. This is very beautiful and poetic. Hugs, my friend. {{{Ivor}}} They (whoever “they” is) say time heals all wounds. I don’t think that’s necessarily so… Sometimes we just make peace with our memories.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes you are quite right Calen, I’m at peace with my memories, and now comfortable with that deep feeling inside heart of broken and twisted violin strings


  5. A beautifu tribute to your wife. It is the soul which is being torn from the separation of the other half or twin. The smile is a special memory as when it is seen on those ocasions of unawareness are the best. These are the moments to be treasured. Bless you .

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  6. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.


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