Who Hears Me

Again it’s that time of the week where I present another ‘5min’ poem that I have written at one of Ali Grimsham’s ‘Writing Circle’ Zoom meetings that I attend on Monday’s, and this was my 4rd session with the group, and I am having a fantastic time … Here is the page link to get more information about the next writing circle. https://flashlightbatteries.blog/online-writing-circles/ Tickets by donation. All are welcome.


Who Hears Me


My ears are funnels

But I do not want to hear

The voices


My lips do part

But I do not speak

The words


My knees do bend

But I cannot sit

While I can still stand


My eyes are open

But I do not want to see

My shadow falling





Ivor Steven (c) Feb 2021

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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.

43 thoughts on “Who Hears Me”

    1. Yes indeed Ingrid, this is my reply for Colleen…. and my words could be about a person lying in a hospital bed, after suffering a stroke, hearing the voices around him, and he unable to speak or stand… thinking that this is the end……

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    1. Thank you Colleen, and my words could be about a person lying in a hospital bed, after suffering a stroke, hearing the voices around him, and he unable to speak or stand… thinking that this is the end……

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      1. How frightening. SO personal for you, yet relatable to so many. It makes me think of a young mother who had something happen at work, it was if her entire body froze, she could hear everyone but could not respond. So scary for her.

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    1. Yes Indeed Pragalbha, .. and my words could be about a person lying in a hospital bed, after suffering a stroke, hearing the voices around him, and he unable to speak or stand… thinking that this is the end……😀😎

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  1. Ivor,
    This is such a powerful poem. So few words, so much to feel. You have captured part of the human experience.
    Thanks for sharing about the writing circles. It is a passion of mine to connect writers across the globe. Writing together enriches all of us. Peace to you.

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  2. Powerful write, Ivor! Can’t even imagine the fear, uncertainty, wondering that you went through.
    I hope those tending to you did hear you…by reading your beautiful eyes.
    Wowza…you wrote this in 5 minutes! ‘Tis a 5-minute Masterpiece!
    (((HUGS)))

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    1. Life is longer than ‘5’ minutes…. but my recollections seemed realistically surreal… the situation was nearly too difficult to explain…. and my progress in life still has me wondering..

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  3. our minds are often, at conflict with other parts of us, the mind wants something, the body wants another, the soul, something else, and our hearts, something, entirely unrelated, nowhere NEAR what those three other “parts’ are longing for, thus, we get into, major conflicts, with our, selves…and there’s, NO way of avoiding it!

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  4. your ‘writing circle’ is obviously a great creative sanctuary for you Ivor!

    Trying to describe such a frightening experience isn’t easy, but this feels unsettling, so you conveyed the tension well 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kate… I’ve often wanted to convey those thoughts from 20 years ago… somehow the “writing circle’ seemed to create a place for these words to evolve… in a thoughtful and powerful way… 😀😎

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      1. exactly what you need, that nurturing safe place. I don’t believe we really work thru the emotions of those situations until we can share them! Sure we might physically recover but the shock sits deep until we work thru it 🙂

        It’s a healthy release 🙂

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