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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Hi, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm a retired, part-time 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 18 months, and writing poems for nearly 18 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. Thank you my friend. I think I’ve said it before, when I have a subject that’s so close to my heart, I seem to emotionally write unabridged straight from my heart, and the words seem to transpire so easily.

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      1. I went through I clearly feel you and I tell you what I buried my beloved Rudy in the garden under a rose and when we moved I unbuttoned what was left and brought it to the new house and plant a new rose for him❤️

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  1. We buried our beautiful Kelpie cross, Jessica in the garden. Over ten years ago and we all still miss her. Tess, of course, is adorably cute and spoil t by us all. But Jessica keeps her own space in our hearts. I found a native shrub called Jessica which I have planted in the garden for her. She loved being out in the garden. Well, of course she did. She was akelpie after all!

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Lily. What an adorable snarly-face photo too. *hugs* to you Ivor. It’s so hard to say goodbye to these furry faces we love so much. I love the whimsy of your poem and yes! I have often thought that transmigration or reincarnation is possible — maybe. =) Like John Lennon, “I believe in everything…” including the possibility that a lazily-sunning lizard could be Lily 2. I mean – sometimes the way my cat stares me — very haughtily — prompts a startled “Grandmom?!” from me. Ooo that would tick her off though. She hated cats. ^_^ ♥.

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      1. Yeah I’m blowing off my work to answer comments today because I’m having trouble focusing (bit sleep deprived). Aussie Opal – cool. I was almost an Aussie transplant. There was this opal mine for sale in the National Enquirer and at 18 I thought it was a great idea. Luckily someone explained that it was scam. Glad I didn’t no offense but everything in Australia is constantly trying to kill you from what I heard — animals, plants, fish. No thanks. 😉 ♥.

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      2. Those are very good. I liked your poem very much too. Thanks Ivor. Btw, that “geez wrong place” comment – can you delete that too? I have to take a WordPress 101 or something like it. ♥.

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  3. I buried my little Meg under a tree that had pink flowers on it, in my front yard. For months afterward, I would be walking through the house and I pink flower would blow in my path. I always felt she was there with me. I sadly had to move from that house. I still know she is around but I do not see the pink flowers anymore.

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    1. I’m lucky, I’m not leaving this little home where I’ve buried her, and yes I always feel the aura of her presence. Their love is unconditional, and that’s where feel their loss so much…. xx

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    1. Oh, if you go to my new post, “The Day After” I’ve featured Lily in the Photo. Oh wow she she was the cutest little girl, all 2.5 kg of a bundle of energy and joy….


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