Hello Mate

Happy birthday mate

No, I’m not late

I would have got that stare otherwise

No, never a cross word from your eyes

Everyday, the gentle guy

Yes dad, you were our sunrise

Kindness, compassion, a heart oversized

Yes dad, always by our sides

Everyday, you earned a Nobel prize

Yes dad, always loves in your eyes



Ivor Steven (c)Β  Feb 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.

33 thoughts on “Hello Mate”

  1. Oh, what a wonderful tribute to your wonderful dad, Ivor!
    I will do something today to celebrate the day of his birth AND to celebrate the life he lived!
    I’m so glad you had such a great dad!
    From what you’ve said about him in past blog-posts I wish I could’ve known him! I know I would’ve enjoyed him!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. She was a gorgeous friend of Carole’s…… they would come around and take Carole for a girl’s night out, quite often…….. we still get together for lunch, every couple of months, in memory of Carole, …. they are a beautiful group of people……xxx.

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      1. Here’s a draft of the words to my proposed poem later on….
        Calming the Soul

        Today’s cool breeze, dries my eyes
        And I’m comfy, under this shady palm
        Watching, sparkling faerie ripples on the bay
        And silvery waves in the cloudy sky
        I see new footprints upon ageless sand
        And the town’s daily fairy-boat sails by
        I’m bathing in the day’s caressing body balm
        And my fragile soul’s reciprocating the calm


    1. Thank you Rachel…. the words come from my heart… has was an incredibly beautiful man and the best father a bloke could wish to have…. through Carole’s health and sickness he loved her dearly…. ……….. (tears)…………

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