Drifting Sand Dunes (Revised)

This is a poem I originally wrote a few years ago, during a time of hospitalisation, and I was undergoing numerous medical examinations…. Today I’ve revised this edition slightly, but the theme of poem still seems to be relevant, for my current anxieties during these oppressing months of Lockdown…


Drifting Sand Dunes (Revised)


Life continues to deal me stressful tests

Unyielding, but I’ve given my best

As the sands of time pass through hands of mistrust

Leaving drifting dunes with insurmountable crests


There’s hard exams of my soft soulful chest

Gnawing at my hearts leftover pieces

Lumps of nerve-ends for the devil’s feast

Leaving my naked bones scarred by the beast


In this stormy life of mine, challenges seem endless

Soaking rains and a raging tempests

Twisting my sinews and veins into a vortex

Leaving my inner demons anxiously wondering what’s next


Ivor Steven (c)  August 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.

51 thoughts on “Drifting Sand Dunes (Revised)”

  1. It sounds like you have had some unpleasant encounters with the medical profession. I have had some bad experiences too, but recent ones have been very positive. I hope at least, that your nurse is gentle, sweet, and kind and has a sense of humor. The poem is very well-written and relatable and I liked the music. Better days ahead! All the best, Cheryl

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      1. Yes, and why I started writing,
        … after I had a stroke 20 years
        … I had to learn how to read, write and speak again…. and I’m still writing, the therapy is working I think 🤔😊


      2. Oh!!!! That’s truly wonderful! It will gave taken a degree of courage and strength of character! What a very positive outcome, for you and all of your readers. I’m delighted for you and grateful to you. Keep up the great work ✍❤🙂👏👏👏

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      3. You’re very welcome indeed
        Yes indeed, at each stage of life we can try to appreciate what we have
        As we move through this journey we change gear and adapt. Those who can’t adapt and who can’t have a thankful heart lose much.
        We all appreaciate what you do to keep up the great work that we enjoy from your ✍.

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      4. You are most welcome.
        You have done so well. A stroke however mild or severe can lead to a complete change in life. The cause of it can affect you too. It often happens as well that new abilities are uncovered or developed following a stroke. What with your years of caring for your dear late wife and your stroke too, you have been through much. It’s a wonderful thing that you have now entered this creative part to your life which you are generous enough to share with us all ❤❤❤❤❤

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      5. Thank you, I’m a lucky saviour of my strokes, but having Carole still with was an incredible example of courage to follow, and her bravery motivated me throughout my recovery and my life’s journey


  2. I can completely relate to your poem, Ivor.
    As Human-Beans we have so many things to deal with…our health, our emotions, our minds, etc.
    It can be overwhelming.
    You WILL get through this time.
    My hope for you is that the shifting sands settle down and you can stand on some firm-packed sand.
    I’m taking one day at a time.
    Keep writing…it’s good for you and then it’s good for us, because your poetry helps us! 🙂
    (((HUGS)))) 🙂

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    1. I’m having a better day today…. but It’s all about self-management, and this manager’s far from perfect, so I’ve learnt to accept and cope with the worserer days, and not worry about exercises that don’t get done…. everybody is suffering in some way… so like Kate said, grab my bat, give the rat, a whack…..
      I found a 2.30 hours concert video on YouTube today, of Xavier Rudd… I’m smiling big time, it’s the same concert of his, that I saw here in Geelong 2 years ago… it’s truly fabulous, spiritual, energetic, and uplifting, in typical Xavier Rudd style….. yep I’ll attach the link…

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      1. Oh! Thank you for sharing the X Rudd concert!!!!!! I will enjoy that, too! 🙂
        How wonderful to get to enjoy the concert a second go round! Sweet memories for you!!! 🙂
        Yes, Ha, whack that rat with your bat!!! 😀

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  3. I can feel your anxious heart talking in this one Ivor. Hope you are doing better and feeling the strength we all send you in this time. Keep writing and we will stand with you and enjoy your creative mind!

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  4. Oh, Ivor! This poem is like a window into my mind at around 2 AM. Those inner demons make me doubt if I have studied enough to pass the tests that are put on my desk daily. The images you use are so potent – the struggle is real! Hope you are doing better, dear friend!

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