Before You Leave The Table


Before you leave the table

Lean forward, reach out

Tenderly hold her hand

Feel her warmth

And the pulse of her heart

Soak up that sensation

Treat every close moment

Like it was last your last

Do not wait for tomorrow



Before you leave the table

Gently say, how much you love her

Listen to her sweet response

Place your ear, on her chest

And hear the beat of her heart

Drumming a crescendo of love

Treat her song of togetherness

Like an angel’s last tune

Do not wait for tomorrow



Before you leave the table

Stand close to her

Fondly look into her eyes

Those mirrors of passion for you

And see the depths of her heart

Swimming in her joyous tears

Treat these emotional nights

Like the embrace was your last

Do not wait for tomorrow


One day, there will be a time

When her today’s heart

Will not be beating tomorrow


Ivor Steven (c)Β  Nov 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.

64 thoughts on “Before You Leave The Table”

      1. Ivor, I’ve followed you for a while, and the way you describe your wife, your love for her, your care of her…. it sounds infinite and so beautiful. I’m sure you did everything you could, but I know guilt is probably an easy trap to fall into for such a sensitive and beautiful soul as you. Go easy on yourself xo

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      2. Thank you dear Rachel, yes I try to kind to myself, and I know would want it no other way…. I’m extremely happy that my writing about/for Carole impart my true feelings….. xx

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  1. So true, so beautiful…and, yes, a dream…but, also, something lived. This is so relatable, Ivor, and is a heart-toucher. I felt it in my heart!
    We must all treasure the seconds in today…and do those things that are most important today.

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    1. Your right, it was a big teary one for me….. I always wanted to do more, and give more to Carole….. I look around me and wish people to love each other more, because there comes that time, when there is no more……. and “Do not wait for tomorrow”…..xxxxx Love…Love for as long as you can…. Love … Love… ((Hugs))

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    1. Thank you Eugenia, it was a very emotional piece for me….. after your loved one is not a part of your tomorrow ………. do not wait… give love, like there is no tomorrow……. xx

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    1. Yes I cried all the way through while I was writing this one…. When I was caring for Carole, I endeavoured to love her every day, like there was no tomorrow, and that was the reality of our situation πŸŒπŸ’™β€οΈ


  2. I’m back from my holiday Ivor and this is the first I’ve read you in two weeks. I am so grateful I got to read this today. Ivor your love is a powerful, eternal light in the world. It heals just because it exists. Love like that always does, but THEN you go and gift us with this treasure. “In the end all the matters is how we loved.” β™₯.


    1. Thank you Niki, how are you feeling, did you have a good holiday…
      Yes, it was an emotional piece for me, I’m glad I posted the poem now…. Every time I went to post the poem, I started crying. Haha… I eventually got there, πŸ’™β€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜’

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      1. Haha, I’ve just woken up, so I didn’t hear all that commotion, and I love that you appreciate my music choices,.. Music is my source of inspiration, and my haven for sanity, away from this crazy world… πŸŒπŸŒπŸ’™πŸ’™

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