Floating Away

I’ve been asleep half a day

Half a day yesterday

And half a day today

Am I a sleeping beauty?

Blissfully waiting

Or am I an old frog?

Sitting on a floating log

Waiting for a kiss

From tomorrow’s princess

Gone, another half day beyond midday

Wasted, another incomplete day

And I am half a world away

Behind closed doorways

Ivor Steven (c) September 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.

57 thoughts on “Floating Away”

  1. Love this poem, Ivor! I can certainly relate. Today I came to the conclusion that our overload of problems is at the root of my insomnia: covid19, nasty politics, wildfires, hurricanes…
    Enjoy a little extra sleep right now if you need it. If it continues, then you can worry about it! ❀

    Take care, Cheryl

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  2. I can relate to your poem, though perhaps not for the same reasons.

    I regularly waste half a day; but is it really wasted if it’s what we wanted/needed to do at the time? Who’s to say what our day should be and in my case it’s definitely me! πŸ™‚

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      1. I understand. I think the new normal for me will be probably what’s happening now. No more socialising is large groups, no more kissing cheeks and accepting bear hugs, no more leaning in too close to have a conversation. πŸ™‚

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      2. Last week I turned down an invitation to meet up with friends, I said I didn’t think we’d be able to social distance safely and it wasn’t a risk I was prepared to take.

        One of my friends immediately came back to say said she needed to see friends for the sake of her mental health.
        I felt really cross, firstly I think the term mental health is used too easily these days, it lessens the meaning for those people out there who do have genuine mental health problems.
        Secondly, she has a husband and a daughter still at home, so she has no idea what it feels like to spend every night alone.
        I Know I am fortunate that I have a family living next door, but hearing sounds of family life when you’re not part of it often makes a person feel more alone. It’s not the days, it’s the nights, and I think you can relate to this. πŸ™‚

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      3. Yes I can definitely relate Sue…all my friends, that I socialise with, have partners at home, and some still have kids at home…. and sometimes they don’t realise how the different the situation is, for people like us, living alone… and I’m usually a bit of a social animal….. but I’m coping…. and I’m sure my writings about my life during lockdown has been very good therapy for me….. xx

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      4. I’m certain your writings have been excellent therapy.
        It took me a long time to realise how my mum felt, I saw her constantly, but I never realised how lonely the nights would have been for her until I lost Graham. She never said anything, just like I never say to my children. I am fortunate that son Joss usually stays at least one night (dependent on his social life) at weekends, he too lives alone and as a teacher he never goes out during the week. It’s something to look forward to during these anti social times πŸ™‚

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      5. Yes Sue, a little bit of company goes a long way… Hopefully with restrictions easing slightly later in the week, I’ll be able to get out, and go my Cafe, and maybe a Thursday night catch with the mates.. 😊

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  3. Aw, sleep when you can, Ivor…and all the other time, when you can’t sleep, float and sail by enjoying your flowers, eating cake, writing poems, listening to music, taking walks, etc. and so on and so forth. πŸ™‚
    All that is going on in the world is surely weighing us all down. 😦
    PS…that song made me smile!

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