Last evening I attended a poetry open mic’ event, held by ‘lowercase poetry’. The word theme for night was “A Shadow Of Doubt”. I was invited on stage to read my poem called ‘Finality”, a copy of which I’ve attached here below my Haiku, ‘Recital




The voiceless man spoke

An old poet recited

His words clear and strong



Finality (Revised)

 We will all travel, life’s journey

There’s  reality in the end, a concluding count down

Finality occurs, not a shadow of doubt

Sooner or later, we have to retire, and work no more

Old tools are laid to rest, gathering dust

There’s a time, when we have to say goodbye

To that special one’s, sad crying eyes

Suddenly life propels us, to pass our friends lives

The people we knew, dwindle to a few

And beyond the lies, earth slowly dies

We the custodians, failed to see overcast skies

Our belief’s shriveled, inside religious sleeves

The jealous and greedy, are yet to eat their last supper

I hope tomorrow’s future, is better than today’s veiled ways

And yesterday’s trials, become the healing castle’s final say


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.

30 thoughts on “Recital”

    1. To prepare myself, I read aloud to myself in the mirror, 2 times a day for a few days before the night. I think is the best way to go. The lady I was sitting with, recited her poem verbatim, she was very impressive, but she was the only one who recited a poem without reading from notes.

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    1. A great learning curve and confidence booster, for me and my trip. Lots of people interaction, a crowd to navigate, a dimly lit night club to walk around in, and I seemed to cope well, and I was happy with how managed the whole evening. 🌃🌃☺️😊❤️💙

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  1. Beautiful observations, Ivor..& sadly, isn’t it always the way that “the jealous and greedy, are yet to eat their last supper”! I’m glad you enjoyed your recital, it’s a lovely way for folks to hear your poetry exactly as you intended. I did my first one a couple of weeks ago, & was able to read 4 altogether. I was nervous, as I’d never read any in public before, but I think my previous theatre experience helped. I couldn’t have recited them from memory, though. Hope you do lots more & especially enjoy reciting them to your family in NYC!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, and yes it was daunting for me. I’d previously done some before. but that was before these stroke things I’ve suffered. My speach was originally affected, let alone my right side difficulties… Any how I coped well on the night, haha… except for getting on and off the stage, they only had a milk crate as a make-shift step up onto the stage… some pretty girls had to come a give me assistance !!

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  2. Oh, oh oH! 🙂 You know I’m so thrilled about you sharing your poems with others and in your own voice! I’m so proud of you! I bet your contagious smile and friendly-twinkly eyes captured the group right in and then I’m sure they loved hearing your poems!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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