Midnight Creek

Midnight Creek


The old plumber is back on the street

My bodies aching and I’m beat

Bloodied fingers and sore feet

Thoughts are drifting up midnight’s creek


I’ve crudely been reminded, how hard this job is to do

Cracked hands were turning black and blue

Bending and twisting, I willed myself through

Working the dusty tools, I was thinking of you


Pondering, I know I’ve given it my best

Here on my quiet riverbed, I rest

My joints will recover, in time for my next test

Tentatively, I’m flying out of this restoration nest


Ivor Steven (c)Β  July 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.

29 thoughts on “Midnight Creek”

  1. HA! (I’m smiling so BIG πŸ™‚ )YAY! I see you in the newspaper, Ivor!!! πŸ™‚ How wonderful! What rewarding work to be helping others! πŸ™‚ Plumbers do such important work!

    Your poem expresses how difficult work can be on the body (especially as we grow well-seasoned! πŸ™‚ ) and how important rest is for the body, mind, heart, and soul!

    By “next test” do you mean what life throws at you next? Or are you having a med-test soon?!?!?!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, the community work me and father did years ago, was important and very satisfying. The joy on aged people’s and their families, were gratifying times
      Ivor’s next is always the next, the next job, or the next specialist appointment. Hmmm 16th August… πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ˜ŠπŸ€”
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this poem, hopefully I’ll keep improving πŸ™„πŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

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      1. I noticed your other relative in the photos/newspaper, but didn’t know if it was your Dad or a brother.
        Best wishes on the appointment in August!
        I have two big medical appointments in August, too. Including my every 6 months cancer check.
        You do and you will and just keep writing! πŸ™‚

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  2. Great poem Ivor and I enjoyed reading the newspaper articles. I assumed Alex Steven was your brother, but reading a comment above sounds as though he was your dad.

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    1. Yes Alex was my dad. We both enjoyed doing those community jobs for the elderly. To see the smiles on their faces when we were finished, was a real thrill, and they so appreciative…. xxx

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