A Welcoming Smile

My featured image above is my response to “The Colouring With B Challenge”           (couchtalksblog.wordpress.com ), which is all about embracing creativity and allowing the imagination to go wild. And on a wet and cold Sunday afternoon here in Geelong, this 69 year-old guy was happily doing the “Colouring-in Challenge”, and with my music playing in the background, my mind quickly began drifting into pleasant thoughts…. and I was soon prompted into creating a poem. And with a special thank you to Brandi, here’s my poem


A Welcoming Smile


I fondly recall our blind date

That night I met you

When I gingerly knocked on your door

But I didn’t have to wait long

And there you were smiling at me

A welcoming smile, I shall never forget

Then shyly I introduce myself

And after a second bashful glance

I noticed your beautiful red hair

I offered my arm for a handshake

However you gracefully stepped forward

Graciously sliding your arm neatly under mine

And I saw your eyes sparkling with charm

I finally relaxed and smiled approvingly

Then you happily said, “Lets go and have good time”

A fairy tale beginning to our lifetime of love



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.

60 thoughts on “A Welcoming Smile”

  1. Ivor, your colors are absolutely beautiful! And the poem you wrote with it is just as full of color and life. Love the memories you shared of that beautiful moment with the one you love. Thank you so much for taking time to participate in the challenge! I really do appreciate it, my friend! xx

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    1. I’m ecstatic you liked my colours…. when I started colouring I was subconsciously thinking of Carole and her red hair, and she loved wearing colourful ear-rings…. .. oh the poem/memories flowed out instantly …💜💙💚💛

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      1. See, this is what I love about art. It brings about so much inside, not just creativity but emotions and memories. I’m so happy that this could evoke those kinds of feelings and images in you, Ivor. The poem was really the cherry on top for me and I’m glad that you enjoyed yourself in the process! 🌈💚💖💜

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  2. Very beautiful and sweet poem, Ivor! What a wonderful moment to remember! Thank you for sharing it.

    My 29-year-old daughter loves adult coloring books! Coloring is supposed to be good for developing hand/eye coordination in kids. Maybe it works for adults too! Very hot colors! Love it. Stay safe and happy! Cheryl

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    1. Thank you Cheryl… yes the colouring exercise evoked some gorgeous memories,, and Carole hair was a bright ruby red, and she loved wearing colourful ear-rings…


  3. Aw, I get all joy-teary-eyed when you write about Carole!!! 🙂
    Her smile and your memories of her and with her, your shared love, ETC!, all help to make your life joyful…even in these tough times. Keep smiling, Ivor! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂


      1. oh how sad … super sunny warm day today and had an unexpected day out and mets some most interesting people … off on another beach walk at Broadwater tomorrow!
        Sleep well young man 🙂

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