Serenity, a Sign of the Times

Our 2nd Lockdown/Isolation of 6 weeks started a few days ago, and I’m afraid my anxiety levels did soar…. but I had a little project to do for a friend’s new abode. To make a house name sign, called “Serenity”…. Anyhow when I started, I was feeling quite ordinary, physically weak and shaky, but as I progressed with the project, as the name suggests, ‘serenity’, with each passing day, I was gradually becoming more settled and calmer. this morning after applying the 5th coat of ‘sun yellow’ lettering onto the ‘deep ocean’ colour background, I was happily pleased with my finished piece of craftsmanship. The task was both, enjoyable and relaxing. Then I wrote this little serene poem…. Now I must say the “Serenity” name plaque does look handsome on my verandah wall !!


Serenity, a Sign of the Times


Serenity lives high in the trees

Swims freely in warm seas

Serenity glides on a soft breeze

Hovers among our gentle bees


Serenity’s now a forgotten rhyme

A fading sign of the times

Serenity now adorns my verandah wall

A gathering light, my evening shawl



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.

48 thoughts on “Serenity, a Sign of the Times”

  1. Lovely poem, Ivor! Your poem reminds us that although we are surrounded by tragedy and isolation, serenity is also all around us. Watching the butterflies and birds outside my windows is a great source of serenity for me.

    I like the “Serenity” sign you made. I made one for Robert’s den that says, “Reason.” It serves as an antidote to all of the insanity going on right now.

    All the best! Cheryl

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    1. I think having little signs/anecdotes in the home, are both pleasurable and consoling for our souls… I’ve one on my bathroom mirror…
      “The tunnel is growing wider
      the light is glowing brighter”

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  2. “Even in times of trauma, we try to
    maintain a sense of normality until
    we no longer can.
    That, my friends, is called surviving.
    Not healing. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: Warriors.”

    ~ Lori Goodwin

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  3. Ivor, you’ve reminded me of my
    favourite Mental As Anything song;

    Bjorn is just a viking
    He is very a handy with a sword
    He loves nothing better
    Than to cut and slash
    right through a horde
    Mutilation, jubilation
    Friendly muscles, in a tussle

    Anna’s a girl viking
    She is very handy with a spear
    She won’t wear silk stockings
    Armour-plated garments
    are her sphere
    In the fjords, you can hear them
    Eerie horns blow, viking love show

    Bjorn and Anna earn their leisure
    They have each other
    for their pleasure
    Bjorn is on his long ship
    He and Anna fought it out today
    He says it is their Waterloo
    Vikings shouldn’t mix
    their work and play
    All that blonde hair
    for them to share
    So much plunder, Cut asunder

    Now when Bjorn and Anna
    see each other
    It’s on the battlefield,
    not as lovers
    Those vikings love to fight and play
    Fighting berserk warriors hey hey!
    Those vikings love to fight and play

    ~ Peter O’doherty

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    1. Oh wow, I’ll have to save into collection, and I’ll put it on YouTube when I get home
      I’m out stretching my legs, firing off a batch of arrows, throwing a cluster of spears
      and hurling few axes…
      Ivor the Viking is out for a fling

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    1. Haha, .. I know, but I’ve taken a photo of the sign, and I’ll frame it today… I the replica will a nice reminder of friendship and when she moved in to her new abode… πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŽπŸŒ

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  4. The Serenity sign is beautiful! And what a wonderful reminder to breath, smile, and find the peace needed. πŸ™‚

    I hit play on the vid and while it played I read your beautiful poem! Then I closed my eyes through the rest of the song.

    Gosh. Now I am feeling so serene! Thank you, Ivor! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, the music was one of my lucky findsπŸŽΆπŸ˜‚
      The project provided a relaxing and enjoyable diversion… 😊😁
      And I’m sure our friend will be pleased with her ‘house sign’ {Kate} πŸ’™πŸŒ ((hugs))

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  5. The sign is lovely Ivor..And serenity so illusive at times. I wondered how you are faring with all the deaths in Victoria. I’m so glad this helped you.
    Focusing on something CALMING like this this just takes our mind off worry and problems. Sending love πŸ’œβ™₯οΈπŸ’š

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