My trusty guardian


I’ve taken him for granted

That happy old chap

Who faithfully

Protects me


A loyal family friend

He’s always been around

Like an inherited heirloom

His age remains a mystery

He’s stoic and quietly stern

And I dare not ask him


The eternal keeper

Of our ancestral tree

Holder of heavens keys

Guarding life’s comings a goings

Waiting there, under shady leaves

Forever our courtyard centurion



Ivor Steven (c)Ā  Jan 2020


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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.

38 thoughts on “Alex”

    1. Oh Sue, I’m trying to keep myself up – beat..
      Alex, is my dad’s name, and the gnome is from our old family homestead, “Tullawalla” and it’s dad’s birthday next week…. I don’t expect anybody to understand the metaphorical meaning of my poem… But there’s a fantasy world full of love within my words. šŸŒšŸ’™šŸŒšŸ’™ā¤ļøā¤ļø

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    1. He’d love you Colleen… It’s quite a metaphorical piece
      Alex is my dad’s name, and it’s the anniversary of his birthday early next week….. and the gnome is from the family homestead “Tullawalla”. šŸŒšŸ’™šŸ’™šŸŒ

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    1. Thank you Beth, the poem has a wonderful metaphorical meaning for me… Alex, is my dad’s name… The gnome is from our family homestead “Tullawalla”, and it’ll be the anniversary of my dad’s birthday early next week šŸ’™šŸŒšŸ’™šŸŒ

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      1. how wonderful. when I moved from my little house to a little condo, I gave each grandchild a house from my tiny village to create and grow their own fairy village at their house

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  1. Love your poem about your lovely gnome-y friend! It is sweet and a wonderful tribute.
    I like that you named him Alex. šŸ™‚ He is a cutie! šŸ™‚ Every time you see him, I hope you smile.
    It’s wonderful to have those who are not with us in body, but with us in spirit to help us navigate life in every way, especially emotionally. And often those people “inhabit” special treasured items that keep us company and give us peace and joy.
    PS…Tell Alex the Gnome “Hi” for me and give him a pat on the head for me! šŸ™‚
    Was gonna’ ask you to kiss his cheek for me, but that might be more than you want to do.

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    1. Oh Carolyn, he’s(dad) a bit low down, I’d probably topple over into the garden bed,… so a affectionate pat on the head will be the go. Dad’s anniversary of his birthday is on the 5th of Feb, and I always start to get emotional about now….. We were the best of mates, and working together was a lovely joy every day. He was a very wise man, wonderfully gentle and loyal, lovingly kind and compassionate, truly a gentleman of life… šŸ’™ā¤ļøšŸŒšŸ¤—šŸ¤—
      Thank you for understanding and appreciating my words from the heart… I hope the piece is a worthy tribute to the man that shaped my life… and his love for Carole lives on in my soul.. šŸ¤—šŸ’ššŸ’œšŸ’–šŸ’™ā¤ļøšŸŒ

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      1. Aw, from what you shared about your Dad on your blog in the past, I know I would’ve loved him! I will take time on Feb 5th to think of him and celebrate him and his life.

        I miss my Dad. The anniversary of his birthday is on April 10th.

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  2. i love that he carries that name, a reminder of someone strong and steady, memories flood as anniversaries loom close, I feel the depth of your poem Ivor, your father is smiling on your lovely words and beautiful heart.

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      1. I am glad you can draw on that connection Ivor, it is very precious, they never leave us, and know when to offer guidance and help, our souls and those we have loved and lost are firmly stuck together! your poem was a tribute to love in action, a father who walked the talk and showed you good living, you were very blessed.

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  3. Carolyn and Gina have said it all … the kind sensitive ladies that they are!

    Yesterday my Dad was dead 27 years and today is my parents wedding anniversary … Dad’s birthday is 12th so this is the first week of Feb that I’ve not been with my mother. She always said the other kids didn’t understand but I knew she needed company then!


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