Drifting Forward

I’ve having a busy Wednesday. My Barwon (Geelong) Health, and Aged Care Plan, has begun today, with a morning visit from the nurse organising my plan, and this afternoon, the plan’s Doctor came to visit me, and from tomorrow, I’ll be having daily visits by physiotherapists and occupational therapists. .. The health program is design around keeping me comfortable and safe at home, and reduce the risks of further falls or accidents in the home… Don’t worry, I am reasonably healthy, and I’m happy to be within this scheme, which is about looking after susceptible older persons living by themselves, and after my recent episodes, I’m in that category….Β  Β So my time here on WP has been limited today, and will be for a couple of weeks, as get used to health plan’s orientation and introduction…. Haha,.. having said all that, I had time to write this Haiku at lunchtime, a piece which had been drifting about in mind….


Drifting Forward


Cleanse our dirty clouds

Saturate the stains with rain

Wash away this pain




Ivor Steven (c)Β  July 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.

89 thoughts on “Drifting Forward”

  1. We ourselves know we have reached a certain age but seeing it it in black and white and realising others regard us as aged and elderly kind of hammers it home! Depressing thought!

    I approach all stairs gingerly for fear of falling down them, I’ve always done so since a fall as a child in a department store, now the fears are much greater and I’m even slower!
    I’m sorry about the falls and wobbles, don’t let it get you down. Take care, Ivor πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes it’s all on the advice of my last little episode 6 weeks ago… and rather than just sit back and do nothing, I’ve got myself into action, and process moving along quickly πŸ˜ŠπŸ§πŸ²πŸ’™πŸŒ

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  2. that’s a great service, ivor, it will keep you safe and healthy. nice to have them look out for you and check on you. i love how you slipped in a little poem, words are what keep you going. be well, and see you whenever you have time to send us more words.

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  3. Best wishes with your therapies/programs, Ivor! I am so relieved you will have these services! And so glad the helpers can help you!
    We want you to be safe and healthy!
    Please rest when you can. Follow orders. And I bet in whatever you are doing, poems will keep coming to you! πŸ™‚
    We are here for you! We ❀ and support you! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…your haiku…I felt it! πŸ™‚

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      1. How you doing today, Ivor?

        I just found the Ms. Lauper song you put in the comments on my dance post! Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

        And I put a song there for you to listen to! Mr. Collins is singing! πŸ˜€ And dancing! I’ve always love, in the video, how he is his own back up dancers!!! The way they move makes me laugh! Ha!!! πŸ˜€

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      2. I’ll have a look when I get up.. 7.00am I’m just awake and in bed and only on my Android phone.
        I’m going ok, I’ve have been kept on my toes this week with all the health care people visiting each day,.. a physiotherapist coming this morning.. This will continue for another 10 days..
        then I will be reassessed to see what my ongoing needs will be. It’s been a great opportunity for me, to have this thorough health assessment. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸŒ

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      3. Yes Carolyn, it’s been great for me, and my siblings, who are always worried about how I’m going, living by myself here in Geelong β˜ΊπŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸŒ

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  4. Ivor, I knew you hadn’t been feeling well and am hugely sorry for not realizing how bad you had felt. I hope this program is just the thing you need. Between them, your music and your cakes and cafe you will be feeling on top of the world I hope! πŸ™‚

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      1. It’s a plan, you can get, after you have assessed by the aged care team, and after you have applied for the plan.. Especially if you have recently been to hospital after having a fall at home(me) and you’re over 65..

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  5. Oh, I hope you are not in a lot of severe pain! Love your beautiful video and the gorgeous sunset! Take care and get better. ( I was glad to hear all those med people coming weren’t Hospice, LOL!!) Be well my friend!

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      1. Yes I agree Dwight… Haha.. a man would have nearly gone stark raving mad, if it wasn’t for the enjoyment of writing, and chatting with friends here on ‘WP’….

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  6. The poem is beautiful with longing for something better, for something that is hope. Wash away the pain–that’s powerful and that’s what so many want the most for their inner and outer wounds/pains; they want their pain to be cleansed by a nice rain (figuratively). This is such a beautiful write, I can indeed resonate with it.

    Best wishes, Ivor. I hope you are doing well. Continue doing your best and staying healthy. Much love going your way. ❀

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    1. Thank you Lucy… I do enjoy the conciseness of a haiku, and how one is able to convey a meaning message in a few lines….. as my dad would say, “If you stick at it my son, you might get hang of it one day !!”

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  7. My dearest Ivor, I’m so glad for the service you signed up for. It will definitely keep you safer and healthier. You’re writing never fails, regardless. You’ve the heart and spirit of a great poet!

    Much love and respect to you my dear friend!

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    1. Thank you dear Mel .. your kind encouragement is greeted with truck loads of my ’tissues’ ..xx..
      Sing along with this great song from ‘Poets of the Fall’… ,

      “Choir Of Cicadas”

      It’s the season of dust trailing old pick up trucks
      Seashells washed ashore down by the docks
      So baby pull on your blue jeans turn the radio loud
      Don’t wait for the hour to give birth to doubt

      In the peak harvest of snakebites and wasted hindsight
      When trivial truths sit next to the taillights
      When fenders of chrome they rattle and hum
      All carved in the shape of freedom

      Those flea market stalls in the bone dry noon
      Despite pretty signs, look cursed and marooned
      And trumpet notes wailing from the candy store
      Like a work of art of uneasy rapport

      The wreckage, the blunder, the tarot read
      In the heat blurry air we’re down in the field
      Where to the choir of cicadas’ jubilee
      Among the clouds we once fell asleep

      The sirens of the shipyard by those derelict whales
      Old mothers singing rusty old tales
      Like revving engines keening sky high
      Yet theirs is never a war cry

      So I’ll be your lover now, brazen and bright
      Like the flare of a match you struck in the night
      Though what does a stray know ’bout holy and true
      But I’ll always come to your rescue

      Oh lord won’t you hear your children cry
      Singing their praise and their hallelujahs
      I have no more words to describe
      An empty sky of hollow blue, yeah
      So where is my lover, my firelight
      The line on the edge of truth and rumour
      We took our vows in the heart of the night
      We were brazen and bright, when we were brazen and bright


  8. Hi Ivor you were a lot on my mind today as I heard the news that things are serious in Geelong with the Covid situation too. I am so glad you are getting this support which you really need….glad to see all the support on here too where you are much loved.. Sending you hugs today Ivor ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you dear Deb, I’m out having a coffee and cake.. but by the weekend, full restrictions might be back in place… Yes things are getting worse… I’m ok.. and this is the 3rd day of my health plan… I’ll be getting the best of care for care for weeks 2, and they will reassess me, and see what my ongoing needs will be… I’m pleased i joined the program, and now I’m the system forever… Yeah. Cheers and ((hugs))

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      1. Thats great Ivor. I heard on the news cafe visits are still allowed.but visits to the elderly restricted…. it always helps to be able to get out….I feel relieved you are getting this support… enjoy your cake ❀

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  9. Hope all is well and that you are safe, Ivor. It’s good to know you’ll be having people around that will help make sure you are taken care of while at home. πŸ’–πŸŒΈπŸ™‚

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  10. I went through a couple of months of blacking out and falling. Fortunately no broken bones or severe injury. They finally changed my medicines and I’ve been ok. Went through the physical therapy and doing daily exercises. I’m glad you’re feeling better and that you are in the program. Stay well dear friend.

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    1. Like old trees in own backyards, we’re ok in our familiar surroundings, and nurtured with care and love,… we stand steady, but gradually losing our protective layers of bark, between these days of sunlight and dark.. Stay strong my friend and may you keep swaying daily in the warm afternoon breeze.. ((hugs))

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