How Could You Not Love, An Everlasting Smile



Happy Birthday To My Smiling  Celestial Star

Bottom right photo, just 2 weeks before Carole passed, still smiling for everyone, despite her failing health and pain, extraordinarily inspirational lady, for all those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Everlasting Smile


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 (c)  2018

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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.

52 thoughts on “How Could You Not Love, An Everlasting Smile”

  1. This is heart aching and warms my heart at the same time….you have set my mood in such high and low of a tide….

    “My tongue, trying to say goodbye.

    I wonder, was it all worthwhile.”

    This captured me and now I am in thoughtful loop… Such a fine line…such a beautiful poem….

    Thank you for sharing this Ivor!


      1. To know the background, your feelings attached to this poem makes reading this poem thrice a worthwhile experience….

        Thank you for putting a smile on my face.

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