Shangri La

On “Weekly Prompts” the word: Desolate, is the weekend challenge. Please go over and visit their fabulous site by clicking >> HERE… Below is my response to the their prompt.


Shangri La


I’m not on a desolate island

My head is not buried in the sand

And I am not going crazy

You might be crazier than me

Because I saw you reading about

How to fly overseas


I used to be the sanest

Old man in town

You could always find me

On top of Mount Everest


Now I’m locked away

In between my two ears

Playing one handed ping pong

In between crowd-less cheers

Listening to musical ding dong

In between my poetry and beers



Ivor Steven (c)Β  April 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.

54 thoughts on “Shangri La”

      1. Ivor, it’s a pity you don’t live in the UK and near to me, I could share my stockpile of gifts of red wine!
        I’m thinking of taking up juggling again, I spent my childhood mastering the art! These days I doubt if I could catch one ball without dropping it! πŸ™‚

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      1. They were truly the best, they were way ahead of their time. And here l am watching their live show from Glastonbury 2010, a BBC production, so it’s tops 😁🎢😎

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  1. This is wonderfully written, Ivor! πŸ™‚ We can all relate to it! You HAVE captured how we all feel.
    Hey, we can still play Solitaire. πŸ˜‰
    β™₯️ ♠️ ♦️ ♣️
    Perfect song to pair with your poem! πŸ™‚
    We are so very grateful to have a safe comfortable home during this self-isolation. I keep thinking of those who don’t have a safe place to self-isolate. 😦
    (((HUGS))) and hang in there!
    PS…GREAT books in your photo!!!


    1. Haha…solitaire was too long a word, pong fitted betterer and rhymed with,ding dong…. as I was singing along in my thoughts…
      I’m so pleased I’ve captured what we are all feeling….
      And wow, Shangri La what a magnificent song…πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŽπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸŒπŸŒ

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    1. It’s was a delight for me to write Gina… I was struggling for a title, so then I started on my song search and found the Shangri La song by the Kinks….wow what a title, and what wonderful lyrics for my poem….xx

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      1. its been great! amazing thunderstorm as you know. and kids cooked so I had lots of rest time, reading and enjoying my local poetry and book club meets online. i am off this weekend so really taking it easy. how about you?

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      2. oh wow! what was the topic?

        last night our poetry group explored Bob Dylan music and the wonderful lyrics of Simon and Garfunkle. We had a hoot! Some friends joining in from India and the Middle East too.

        We got a little carried away well till midnight but was lots of fun.

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      3. Ok…I’ll have a look…. Oh, by the way, my brother has copied the Miss Fisher movie for us,… he’s put it onto a USB stick for us…I’ll messenger the clues and my answers from our trivia soon… πŸ˜€

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