Another Nineteen Steps to the Top

Here’s a poem I wrote in February 2020, and our world is still needing more “Love”

Another Nineteen Steps to the Top

On a mountain top

I am a rock

A timeless clock

A window into nature’s lock

Understanding the life of trees

I share the knowledge within me

Be sunrise, or sunset of my disdain

My emotions of standing here in the rain

Flood the burning trees of my pain

Life will always be, pain or love

Our journey’s are ordained from above

Pain tests the depth of my love

Strength within my soul, is carried by my dove

Eternal is the saga of, pain and love

We never really owned it

We forgot how to extol it

We could not wear it

We’re naked without it

We need to restart, and resubmit

Ivor Steven (c)  Feb 2020

Upon The Highest Mountain. Lyrics, by ‘Lake of Tears’

I still dream of the mountains, where I used to be a king
King of all the outer realms, how I wish to return…

“Welcome back, my son, I have waited for a long time
Waited for the king to return, I have something to show you
Upon the highest mountain, way up by the horizon
Lies an ancient path, the path of the gods…”

I’ve climbed the mountains high
And walked among the clouds
I’ve reached the outer realms
Seen past the fields of wild-grown flowers

“Seek the opening of sanguine painted clouds
Carried gently upon caressing winds
There by the boundaries of seldom broken lines
Lies the way…”

These sanguine clouds I saw
Appear the heaven’s shore
Swept by the woken wind
Stray in the garden of tranquillity

“See through the many eyes of the dragonfly
Hear the flowers bloom in early spring
And see the lines of life untouched by time
Upon the way…”

All the stars are yours to hold
in your hands
All the stars are yours to share
with those there

Faerie choirs sing
And gently flap their wings
And by this creek so small
Gathered slowly, drinking unicorns

“Stray pilgrim, god to be
Stray wanderer, all these realms belong to thee”
“Stray pilgrim, god to be
Stray wanderer, all these realms belong to thee”
Small creatures coming near
Then turn to disappear
All while the faeries sing
Ode to waters, ode to the winds

“Stray pilgrim, god to be
Stray wanderer, all these realms belong to thee”

The path of the gods…

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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.

54 thoughts on “Another Nineteen Steps to the Top”

    1. Another nineteen line poem Gina…… and yes my piece contains a myriad of concepts and visions, that I tried to tie together in my words of hope….. we all experience the joys of love….. we all experience the trials of pain….. and we all hope to climb the nineteen steps to the mountain top…… the path of the gods……
      Have you had a chance to listen to the song, and read/follow the lyrics….. it’s an epic tune, which I’ve had in my collection for ages, but I’d never written a poem worthy enough enough…….but here I think my poem almost suited this musical saga……. 😊🎡

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      1. i was still listening to the song, a long one and I must admit not something I could connect with though the lyrics had me reading them out loud, your poem touched a nerve about the joys and pains of loving journeying till the end.

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      2. Yes “Lake of Tears’ are a Heavy Metal band from Sweden, their tunes can be harsh, but some of their lyrics are outstanding….. yep … I have my ‘Metal’ days….
        and thank you for understanding/interpreting my intriguing poem…xx

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  1. To me Ivor, your poem and the song both give hope that we are so much more than just our human form here on the Earth. We are Godly ourselves. I love when heavy metal bands sing poetry in their rugged fashion. This is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, ‘Lake Of Tears’ (Swedish) sing some great heavy metal ballads with poetic lyrics…… My poem is a myriad of thoughts and visions, and is open to any interpretation the reader sees in my words. We all go through pain and love, during our journey…. We all hope to climb the mountain,….. and we are all hoping to find the. ‘path of the gods’…… I’m pleased you saw the connection between my words and the song…. It’s an epic song…. I’ve had the song in my collection for a while, and I’ve wanted to use the video to go with one of my poems….. I think my poem here is a worthy piece to go with this classic song…. πŸ’™πŸŒπŸŽΆβ˜ΊοΈ

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  2. Ivor, I loved this poem, pain and love, which seem to go hand and hand. My favourite lines:

    β€œLife will always be, pain or love
    Our journey’s are ordained from above
    Pain tests the depth of my love
    Strength within my soul, is carried by my dove
    Eternal is the saga of, pain and love”

    Ok, that was a whole stanza. But I did love it.

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    1. Yes it was a whole stanza. 😁 and yes pain and love go hand in hand… and in the last stanza “it” could be either or both…. and thank you for your comments… they mean so much to…. sometimes I get lost in my poems and I lose track of what I was writing about….Rachel it’s nice know my words make sense sometimes… πŸ’™πŸŒ

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      1. They are its just a shame I am not able to give them in person. It seems the lovely people to connect with seem to be far away right now.. but anyway for what its worth in my mind and imagination I am seeing myself giving you a hug …

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      2. Yes Deb.. its starting to look ok… I’ll email you our PDF presentation that I’m sending off next…


  3. I remember this poem…It is a perfect message for these days and times. Thank you for sharing it, Ivor!
    Love can be that comforting, comfortable place during the pains of life.
    You are an inspiration in so many ways, but especially in the way you let pain make you a better stronger person. Your positive example is encouraging. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller


    1. Lovely quote Carolyn… I’m doing a few older poems, because I’m busy trying to write a few special theme poems for a up-coming anthology
      … which I’m not allowed to post on my blog until after the closing date…
      (( hugs))

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