An Open Mic Evening

I attended another recital/open mic, evening tonight. Despite venturing out into the cold, I enjoyed the friendly evening. A great chance to meet up with fellow poets and hear their outstanding works. Also a time to sip on a few beers and soak up the pleasant surroundings, and atmosphere, of the ‘Valhalla Brewing & Taproom’  bar, during the poetry reading sessions. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to read three of my poems. Below are the three pieces that I read out tonight.


Dreams Of The Heart


I cannot walk the continents

Like the intrepid Marco Polo

But my feet have felt the sands of time

Pass between my toes


I have not sailed the high seas

Like the courageous Christopher Columbus

But my body has bathed

In an ocean full of kind hearts


I’m yet to fly in space

Like the brave Neil Armstrong

But I have reached for the stars

And touched my soul’s dreams



Its Time


We’ll miss you,

Mother Earth.

Your splendour,

And imposing style.

From forest canopy’s,

To the desert Nile.

New creations,

Beauty, gone.


We’ll lose you,

Father Time.

Your rhythm,

And stoic guile.

From ancient history,

To the future files.

New millennia,

Awaiting, gone



Haiku: We Lost The Sea 


Bridges of dreams crossed

The ocean and river spanned

Waters of love found


Ivor Steven (c)  June  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.

32 thoughts on “An Open Mic Evening”

  1. What a great opportunity, Ivor! It’s so nice to hear a poem read out by the writer, putting the accents & expression exactly where you want them. I particularly like, “We Lost The Sea” it says so much, in a beautifully succinct way. Although, they’re all excellent, I’m sure they were all enjoyed by the whole audience. We have an open mic night in our local pub, once a month. It’s mainly music-based, but I’m sure they’d be open to the odd poetry reading too. I’ll have to give it a try, as there aren’t too many opportunities to perform poetry & I’ve only managed it twice, up till now. However, it was a most enjoyable experience.


    1. They were very well received Colleen, I got quite a surprise…. Although my speech is still a slow and slightly slurred, the audience were wonderful…. The reciting is a task for me , but great for my self confidence… xxx


  2. YAY for open mic night! YAY for Ivor! You read three of your bestest for them! 🙂 I’m so proud of you, and so happy for you, for participating! 🙂 You had fun AND you helped others to have fun as well! 🙂

    I love Procol Harum! 🙂 Perfect pairing with poems, for sure!

    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  3. Excellent choices for the reading and so brave of you to take part, well done Ivor. 🙂
    I was half way through writing my first comment when you disappeared from my Reader, I assume a blip in my wireless connection.

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    1. Oh that happens when I’m the process of rescheduling my post/poem, usually only a few mins, haha, so that was quite coincidental of you !! I now re-post my poem twice a day

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