My Guiding Light


My Guiding Light

Seven years have gone bye

But who counts stars in the sky

Or the passing blue moons

Waving shadows upon blue lagoons

A waterfall’s pool of liquid joy

Shimmering memories, of when I was a boy

I shiver from yesteryear’s leftover rains

And there will always be a deep river in my veins

Dad, you were a brother and best mate too

And your ever-loving spirit guides me through

Ivor Steven (c) July 3rd 2022

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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.

113 thoughts on “My Guiding Light”

  1. When you lose someone you love, it can take a long time to be able to write about them. It took me 17 years to complete “Promises to Drew.” I don’t think the pain ever completely leaves you, but gradually, the good memories take up most of the mind space.

    Thank you for the beautiful poem, Ivor.

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  2. Oh, you know this has me crying, Ivor! Tears of joy and tears of sadness. Sad he is gone. Happy he lives on in spirit, and in you! πŸ™‚
    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! What you’ve shared with us about him over the years has made me feel like I knew him…and loved him. πŸ™‚
    I’m sure he is so happy AND so proud to see what a wonderful man you are…you are definitely a lot like him! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀ and keep remembering the sweet memories! πŸ™‚

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  3. a loving tribute to a gentleman who nurtured and inspired you … you certainly are a physical replica and sounds like you echo his kind heart … this tune is so moving … take care kind gent!

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    1. He was a beautiful influence on my life and a wonderful role model for me to follow…. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fill his footprints, but I’m giving it my best shot. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸŒ

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      1. Ivor, I think your father shines through brilliantly in you. I know I have never met either of you but I feel there is a strong resemblance in the words you write (not to mention the pictures!!!).

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      2. Yes… my sister says, “I look more dad with every passing year”…. and I do reflect in my writings, a lot of Dad’s attitudes and values…. and I’m so proud and honoured to have shared in his love for life, and his love for people that were around him…..xx

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  4. Beautiful photos especially the symbolic one of you stood in the Light of those gone by. You were a very lucky man to have so much love around you in your life. You do look like your Father. Brilliant tribute to your Father. Bless you on this memory.

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    1. Thank you Pragalbha … It’s an old poem that I have posred a number of times over the past 5 years … it really is a lovely tribute to my Dad, and I do not think I’ll be able to do much better in the years to come … πŸ’›πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ’™

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  5. Aw, there is your sweet Dad! His birthday…a day to remember and honor him with joy and a day to rest in the precious memories of him! πŸ™‚ That music is perfect! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad your Dad’s light and spirit still guide you, Ivor! (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…When I saw the photos of your Dad, I grabbed a few tissues. At the ready. Because I knew the joy-tears would flow when I listened to the music and read your poem again. Sad, as I know you miss him greatly…joyful, because I know he lives on in you and you make him proud! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Carolyn .. and yes he would be graciously proud of me .. I’ll never be as wonderful as him, but I think I’ve surpassed my own expectations πŸ’™πŸ˜€πŸŽΆπŸ•΅οΈ

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      1. You’re welcome Jan .. having my words being read by the WP world is a wonderful thrill for this 70 year old poet from Geelong

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