Living On A Knife Edge

I’m posting this piece on “Go Dog Go Cafe” as part of there fabulous  “Promote Yourself Monday”   and a warm thank you to Michelle, for the invite

Fire, fire, there’s raging fires

I need help to stamp out the flames

Burning down the ancient timber bridge

The traveller’s last causeway to the edge

Spanning today’s harsh realities

Carrying life’s dreams and fantasies


Rain, rain, there’s a Noah’s flood

I need  help to stall the inundating mud

Fill the sandbags with the smouldering dead bugs

Smother these smelly thoughts of soaking rugs

Filter off the qualms and doubts

Leaving doctor’s drugs and grey-matter handouts


Warning, warning, outside there’s a heatwave

I need help to see through the dusty haze

Turn off the fiery furnace tonight

Close the doors, the fireflies are alight

Open your eyes, and view the glowing sights

Beyond the smoke, and life’s future delights


Ivor Steven (c)  2019

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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.

34 thoughts on “Living On A Knife Edge”

  1. A powerful poem that creates vivid word-pics in my mind AND deep feelings in my heart! You remind me that whatever life (or nature) throws at us, we can help each other to not only survive, but to thrive. We are never truly alone. Others are there at-the-ready to reach out and help. And I’m so very glad! 🙂

    I know you’ve been through so very much tough stuff, Ivor. 😦
    Look for the joy/delights every day and you will find them. Even if they are tiny…they are there. 🙂 Oh, but if you can’t find any…do what I do…I create them! 🙂

    Never doubt the positive impact you are having on so many of us! Your courage, strength, honesty, amazing spirit, ETC, are an encouragement and inspiration! 🙂

    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…the photo is beautiful and E, L, and P are a fav group of mine, too! 🙂

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    1. I’ve always loved that song, the words have fascinated me for years. Yes I’m fronting up to the next lot of test’s. I’m feeling reasonably ok and a bit stronger, I’ll be good, and pedalling Yorkie soon. 😁☺️ 🤗. I’m very good at making up things, and creating my own stories xxx

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      1. Hi Claudia, how are you going. I’m sitting here in hospital, waiting for my tests to be done, looks like I’m staying overnight at least.. Hope you doing well. 🤗🤗♥️


      2. If I didn’t have written I’d be going crazy, whoops,, maybe I’m already crazy. I have written a few pieces of prose, but they usually end up looking like long poems !!


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