Lily And A Lizard Of Wizardry

My loving dog Lily, died last week.

And I broken heartedly buried her deep.

Beneath her favourite sunny spot.

In the middle of our warm courtyard plot.


Then today, on top of her grave.

Sitting there, staring at me so brave.

Lazily sunbaking, a big Blue-tongued Lizard.

His pointy tail twirling like a wizard.


The lizard laid near our orchids, like our Lily.

He squinted as I moved towards him stealthily.

But he shook his sleek head in fright.

And raced fish-swift out of sight.


Whimsically I wonder, is he !

A reincarnation of our little Lily.

Not that I really believe.

And what would you believe.

Could Lily be a Lizard of Wizardry.

Or her living spirit, now named Lizzy.


A sincere thank you to, t. l. cummings, TLC’c Virtual Express, for giving me permission to use her exquisite words and line “And raced fish-swift out of sight”.

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.

45 thoughts on “Lily And A Lizard Of Wizardry”

      1. The joys of the food chain. I suppose if the lizard isn’t farming butterflies in horrendous conditions exposing them to animal cruelty and then exploiting butterflies for profit via live export maybe it is all balanced! 🙄

        I love butterflies too. They always seem to wizz past me when I need to connect and be mindful.

        I liked tour poem and I am happy Lizzy lizard was around basking in the sun, sending love from another workd

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      2. Thanksso much, and yes the idea of Lily being a lizard of wizardry seemed to wander into my soul like a piece of comfort…… Oh and how did your caravan painting finish up …..

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      3. When I had to put my last cat to sleep I woke up sad to a rainy overcast day and just waited until the vet was due, all sooky that the day was horrible, without birds or sun. She put him down and left me holding him. It was as relaxed and gentle as it could be. I collected myself and wrapped him up and got ready to leave and take him to a place I loved to bury him. When I left my studio carrying him I walked into a huge, and I mean huge rainbow directly in front of me. I was so happy I cried. There are so many little messages of love for us. His goodbye rainbow was awesome and now I never question an overcast day! There is Method in the weathers madness.

        The lizard was a little hello Ivor gift from Lizzy xx

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      4. Oh and the caravan is all sealed and bogged. I got tired sore and lazy at the end so I didn’t finish the last paint coats which I will when I take my friend there this weekend. I think we will be staying in the Barn dad is building however!

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      1. And I sincerely loved your tribute poem for your Pippa, yep …. I’m teary…… but I know it’s ok, they just give you so much unconditional love, that’s so hard to explain or replace…..

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      2. Aww… I’m so glad you did. Thank you ❤️. They really do love us unconditionally and it makes it even harder when we have to finally say goodbye.

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      1. Haha, a fellow blogger, WaltPage, has given me a title “Sir Ivor Of Word Wizardry”, not sure whether that gets me on The Round Table or not, but always so nice to chat to fellow wordpress friends, (You too) xx

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      2. Oh my, that’s some title, not sure I’ve a knight’s armoured suit left in the wardrobe, to many house moves over the last two years…. but I do have a Malayan Kris/sword hanging up on my feature wall.

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      3. It’s about 6.00pm here, what time is it over your way, and I know it’s about 3.00am in USA, I’m about to republish one of my old poems, and I’m never sure whats a good time for this Lord Ivor to post his words……

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      4. Thanks for that Sue, so basically a good time for me to post is in a few hours, haha, and I shall try to remember that, hmmm, maybe Ivor should write this down and pin it up on my writing desk here….

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      5. Get’s complicated doesn’t it? So you must be about 11 1/2 hours in front of the U.K. and 18 1/2 hours in front of Canada and part of the USA ! Maybe we should get a print out from Google and pin that to the wall!

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