‘Til Death Do Us Part



TO ALL MY DEAR READERS, A GREAT PIECE OF NEWS FOR ME TODAY, THIS POEM HAS BEEN SELECTED TO APPEAR IN THE GEELONG WRITERS ANTHOLOGY 2017. And I’m feeling blessed and honoured, on this, Leonard Cohen’s Anniversary week of his death last year, 7th November. And thank you, Leonard Cohen, for being there as a guiding light through-out all of my life. 


‘Til Death Do Us Part.

She’s there, in that tall pale building of brick.

Where the Nightingales care and tend to the sick.

She’s there, away from home and her comforting bed.

Where the Doctors try to fix the endless ills, from her head.

She’s there, her absence, reminds me of future plights.

Where my anxieties for her well being, endure her fight.

She’s there, I need to visit her, all day, and every night.

Where the distance to reach her soul, is out of sight.

She’s there, I’m wondering about that far away dome.

Where my lost personal affection, leaves her all alone.

She’s there, in those misty clouds, church bells ringing.

Where she’s nearing sombre sounds, of angels singing.

She’s there, her constant pain, remains tight in my heart.

Now I’m convinced, like I said, at the very start.

There’s no place like home, for her gathering dark.

And I promise to her, again, ’til death do us part.


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.

83 thoughts on “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

    1. Thanks Kelvin, haha, do you remember back in early September that I asked you to help me select some poems of mine for the Anthology, well this is the result of that help, you and and few others did for me. The irony being, it wasn’t one of the poems I would’ve picked to submit, but because you and “diaryofasoulwriter” chose it, I put the poem in my submission, hehehe, and it’s the one the judges selected. I’m so thrilled, it’s a great honour to have a poem in my own town’s prestigious book, and to be recognized by my peers here in Geelong.

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  1. This is a wonderful poem, and I wish you luck in the competition. There are so many things I could say, but they’ve all been said before, by me and by others.
    I love your tribute to Leonard Cohen, and I echo it. I’m sure he couldn’t possibly have known just how much difference he made to so many of us, or how often he mended our bleeding souls xxx

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    1. Thanks Jane, and yes I’ve dedicated the whole of November to Leonard Cohen, non stop, music, CD’s, DVD’s, and reading his books, I suppose I’ve “enshrined” myself, but oh, in the happiest way.. ♡♡, that reminds me of a poem, Shrines, I don’t think you’ve seen yet.😐 ??, attached below

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  2. “Home is where the moonshine shuffles into sunshine
    and where all my new days morph into shrines.”
    Wow. I read the poem out loud (I usually do) and those last lines felt lovely as I spoke them, almost like tucking into a bowl of my favorite fruit.

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      1. So true, and I’ve had a number of poems published, but this one is so special and close to my heart, and I’d kept it reasonably hidden away in the past. The poem was part of Carole’s funeral service, and still I cry every time I read the words…. haha, like right now for instance ……

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      1. “A book of words for you
        From me
        Perhaps not all that true
        May be ?
        Could bring you a smile
        You’ll see
        Some sorrow for a while
        That’s me
        From my mind, it’s what I do
        Truly me.”
        wonderful Ivor! Authentic and honest, what we need more? Perfect is just the whole and the human will always be only a part of the whole …; )

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      2. Anie I’m please you liked my little verse, It’s some words I wrote to myself, and now I’ve ended up sharing them, and that’s Ok, Ivor coming out of his shell a bit more…..

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    1. Thank you Carol, and I love that saw Leonard’s influence in my words, haha, that quite a compliment. I’ve just been over to visit your site, and you’re certainly a very interesting writer, if you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to follow your blog site.

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    1. 😊 Thanks, and I’d like to thank you for following my blog /website, muchly appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading my humble writings, and I’m from Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor 🌏


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