Under my bed-covers

Engulfed by a shadowy moon

Awake too soon

Mind’s out of tune



Under my verandah roof

Hiding from the morning sky

Where you won’t see me cringe and cry

Wings have been clipped, I cannot fly



Under my courtyard tree

Avoiding the winter sun

No !  not another rerun

White gowns, again undone



Beyond my distant horizon

Bypassing the grey clouds above

Nurturing my foxgloves

Surviving the touch of her love


Ivor Steven (c)  August 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.

33 thoughts on “Unsheltered”

  1. We all feel unsheltered at times…especially during those frightening life-storms.
    Continue sheltering yourself in those places that give you peace and security.
    And know that we care and we are sheltering you in our love!
    Can you rest this weekend? I hope so!
    OH, the song! I love Sia! She has always brought me joy in her songs and in her voice!
    PS…I am still awaiting my latest oncology report…been two weeks since I had the testing. I’m feeling a bit unmoored at times. So, trying to keep my mind on other things.

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    1. I’ll be ok Carolyn. Sia was originally a South Australian girl, but now I think she’s based in London.. I’m a bit disappointed, I’ve been trying so hard to get back, but don’t worry I’ll be “back”. I’m feeling ok, so that’s a good sign 😊😁

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    1. I’m home now and taking it easy, … yes I’m feeling a bit down, but I’m physically feeling ok, so that’s a good thing Sue…. nothing to report for at least a week…. but overall it’s all good, except I’m not allowed to drive again !!

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      1. I’m glad you are feeling a little better. I understand perfectly how this episode would concern you and it’s bound to take its toll on your well being, it’s natural that you would feel down in the dumps. Is the driving a temporary occurrence? 🙂


      2. I won’t know until after my MRI scans, but as I say, I’m feeling ok, everything at the moment is all precautionary … thank you for your concern Sue….. all the messages tonight have been very heart-warming… xxx

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  2. A beautifully written poem, Ivor! Yes, we all need to feel sheltered and loved but, at the same time, feel our wings unclipped and free to take off and keep flying through the uncertainties of our limited lives where we often revisit our pasts through bittersweet blurred memories, whether consciously or unconsciously. We want to hold onto some of those memories even if they make us cry, while other memories we wish they would vanish as they clip our wings too hard.

    I think your marvelous poem is so relatable to not just your personal situation but to any experience of loss any of us must have gone and will go through in life. It is difficult for all of us to learn to let go, yet we must. I think of all the beloved I lost in my life and I get these bittersweet memories, a bit blurred, but still remembering especially the best of them.

    The song is beautiful too. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful posts. It is always a pleasure to come back to your blog when I have a bit of time.

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    1. Oh dear Marta, your beautiful comments have warmed my heart, I’m afraid that I’m struggling with my stroke again, and because I live alone here, I always have this feeling being unsheltered…….. Sincere thank yous for for your concern, hopefully I’ll be ok soon…..

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      1. Thank you dear Marta … I’ve written a positive poem tonight that reflects my thoughts, I’ll probably post it Sunday sometime, I really appreciate your caring thoughts and concern… xx

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