Throwback Friday, Looking At the Mirror, by Ivor Steven

Today’s poem is a self portrait piece I wrote in September 2018, which I posted earlier today on Go Dog Go Cafe >>

Looking At the Mirror

I see an oldish bloke, who likes to write poetry

Personal topics and our world’s society

Why don’t I try to write a bigger story?

Flash fiction, and there’s enough for a book

Am I too afraid to really look?

All my poems are quite shortish

Like last year’s birthday cake wish

Maybe I’ll say, “I’m far too lazy”

I can’t tell them, I’m a bit crazy!!

Nor that I’m a mad Lord of Wizardry

Best I turn the mirror, for another view

They want to know about me and you

I see a bald man, just like my dad

And that’s not at all bad

I always said, if I grew up

To be half as good as my dad

I’d be very happy and proud

And well ahead of the crowd

He was a kind and thoughtful man

I suppose I’m honest and lend a hand

I see, I’m showing my age

My journey has torn many a page

And it’s not that I’m overly sad

My veneer shows everyone I’m glad

I’ve lived my promise, for better and for worse

And I loved my job, a carer during her curse

Ivor Steven (c) September 2018

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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.

29 thoughts on “Throwback Friday, Looking At the Mirror, by Ivor Steven”

  1. So many of us are proud of you, too! Ivor, please keep being you!
    You bring us joy, wisdom, and love! Your family smiles down on you from above!
    The world is a better place because you are here! You give us smiles…you give us cheer!
    Write away…your poems are always so right-on* and true! Ivor, please keep being you!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PATS and RUBS to Sir Frankie! 🙂
    * relevant, relatable, correct, encouraging 🙂

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  2. This is such a beautiful nostalgic poem Ivor. It flows so well and obviously comes from your heart! You have done very well and are still doing so. You have aged very well with lots of patina to increase your value! :>)
    Keep up the good work my friend!

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  3. We will all, eventually, look back at our former years, and, trace the steps that took us to where we currently are, to review over what we’d done in our lives, and, how we feel about, that, is the thing we need to pay close attention to.

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