There is Joy Beyond Happiness

The hardcover copy of my book “Tullawalla” is now available at Barnes & Noble via clicking on this link >> Tullawalla by Ivor Steven, Kerri Costello, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (
Hopefully the paperback copies will be out soon ..

“There is Joy Beyond Happiness”

To see my favourite girl smile

To know and feel her happiness

To understand the family’s joy

To bring pleasure to my world

Enough to make an old man cry

My tears of “Liquid Joy” are cascading

My cup runneth over

Cheers and a loving toast all

Ivor Steven (c) May 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.

32 thoughts on “There is Joy Beyond Happiness”

  1. Pass the tissues, please!
    OHMYGOSH! This made me so happy the joy-tears flowed!
    How wonderful of Kerri and your family to share their responses! Love the faces/expressions and especially the smiles!!! 🙂
    I know they are so proud of you and Kerri! Guess what?! All of us here are, too! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. Kerri’s smile is worth a Million hugs and thousand books to me … her response and the family’s shared happiness is a beautiful treasure I shall cherish in my heart forever … dear Carolyn, this is what matters to me … whoops …more tissues … the cascade of joy has been flowing all day … 😀😂😍😎

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    1. Yeah. They are my American relatives, from Bensalem, a place just out of Philadelphia, and that is Kerri (my niece) the illustrator of “Tullawalla “. .. 😍🥰🥲❤️💕


  2. Oh how wonderful Ivor. Finally having a hard copy must feel like the icing on the cake!

    I was just reading ‘Strings’ this morning and had to say how wonderful it is 💜 There are so many beautiful lines and it flows effortlessly 👏👏👏 It’s truly stunning.

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