A Fish Out Of Water

The featured image above, is my photo of a painting by Graeme Altman, titled ‘Hopeful-return’, while on display at the Boom Gallery in Geelong, during September 2018.

A Fish Out Of Water

I am not immortal

nor am I immune

I am a speck of rust

slowly fading into dust

I cannot walk on water

nor do I swim like an otter

I am a stoic starfish

motionless and sun blemished

I cannot soar beyond the sky

nor can I float like a butterfly

I am a flightless lyrebird

raucous and eternally seeking the word

Ivor Steven (c) December

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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.

41 thoughts on “A Fish Out Of Water”

  1. Wonderful poem, Ivor! What we are not is of little importance compared to what we are. I like your description of yourself as a “raucous lyre bird seeking the word.” Your poetry always has a feeling of authenticity and sparkles with wit and good humor. ❤ Take care!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, a poem I wrote in the rustic and sparkling atmosphere of the Box Office Cafe…. as I was trying to capture the aura of this weeks emotions… 😀😎


    1. Haha, another great old Aussie Band… I’ve still got their first vinyl … like the incredible painting, my poem can be interpreted in thoughtful ways…
      Wow… “A Masterpiece”… you’ve made my day.. 😀😎😍

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    1. Thanks Gina, and how are you today…
      and I’m pleased with this poem, which I wrote at the Cafe, there seemed to an aura joy and contentment around me, and I was trying to capture that overall feeling…

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  2. I like the subtle play of the rhyme scheme, alliteration and assonance here, Ivor: a thoughtful and delightful poem! Do you live near Geelong? I read the novel ‘Illywhacker’ some time ago, I think it was set there?


    1. Thank you Ingrid, and the poem flowed well for me… my thoughts were clear, and the scheme/words were basically in my mind ready to write….
      And I do live in Geelong.. but not sure about where the book was set..

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