Tomorrow’s Song

The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.” – Walt Whitman

Tomorrow’s Song

When I am old

Or, when I am older

Not if, but when

Alone my later years I will spend

I will listen to music at home

Croon along with Leonard Cohen

Read dusty books by poets and champions

Write simple words about bees and lions

When I am old

Living on leftover fools gold

I will hobble down smooth paths

Sip on tea and savour Guinness draughts

And thank my tiring tongue

For hungering what I have left undone

When I am old

Shivering from the cold

I will silently snuggle up in bed

Quietly chase dreams in my head

And thank my fading mind

For seeing what I have left behind

Ivor Steven (c) April 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.

38 thoughts on “Tomorrow’s Song”

  1. You will write your poetry and enjoy the accolades, you’ll ache a bit more and will look at the number on your birthday cards and wonder “How the heck did that happen, when did I get so old?”
    Welcome to my world, Ivor – I began thinking this way about ten years ago! 😂

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    1. Thank you Deb, and sorry I have not been to your site lately. .. I have stress and anxiety problems at the moment, I have lots of issues going on with my ‘book’ over the last two weeks. It’s a complicated life for this author. and I am struggling to keep control of the situation
      Printing and publishing problems, and things are nearly too technical for my capabilities. .. but I’m arduously battling away… however I seem to be out of my comfort zone. 😌🌏😥

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      1. Oh gee that sounds like a lot Ivor. I actually was thinking a lot of you on the 31st of March as that was the release date, wasn’t it?
        I hope this doesn’t go on too long. There must be a lot involved. Take good care of yourself. If you ever need to debrief just drop me an email. Love and hugs 💙

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      2. Thank you dear Deb… It’s been a rough start for my innocent little book of poems…. and I have had many a sleepless night… I’m just formulating another letter/email to my publishers now… It’s about copyright issues with my Amazon Kindle Book … Amazon are being difficult and finicky.. this publishing world is way out of my league .. but I shall keep plugging away… Oh wow… all ((Hugs)) gratefully accepted….


      3. Plodding away… I have to catalogue all my poems in the book with the date I first published them on my Blog/website.. apparently for copyright purposes… I’ve done the poem list this morning … 130 poems .. and now I have to go through my blog site to find the dates I first published each poem … probably take me the rest of the day… if not more… it’s slow tedious work… I’ll definitely need to get out for a break later…. 😀😎😍

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      4. Whoops .. looks like I’ll have a break now .. computer has developed the go slows. .. so I’ll shut it down and turn it off. .. and I’ll go have a Coffee and cake 🍰


      5. And getting out of your comfort zone probably means you are learning a lot that’s new Ivor..
        Making those notes fir each poem must also have brought back a lot of memories of what you were going through when you wrote them..

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  2. A heart-touching poem, Ivor. And that song grabs my heart, too.
    You, Ivor, are not old yet…you are just well-seasoned and have years left to enjoy! 🙂
    You have built such beautiful memories so far and they will always be with you!
    And through your beautiful heart, wonderful words, and kindness, you’ve become a special part of our memories, too! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…How are you feeling today? You’ve been on my mind a lot this week and I’ve prayed for you.

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    1. Hi Carolyn I’m going reasonably ok… Having lots of teething problems with my book being held up… Lots of emails to and from … which is testing my limited technical abilities… but I’m plugging away and hopefully the issues will be cleared up soon…. this publishing world is nearly out of my league… 😀😎😘

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