Seventy-one Today

I went to a friend’s funeral yesterday afternoon, he was Seventy-one too, and a few weeks ago I went to see him in hospital after he had suffered a bad stroke … He was home alone, and they found him on the floor 3 days after he had the stroke … We went to school together 55 years ago … Last night I was sad and alone with my furry friend Frankie … Today is my 71st birthday, and I am emotionally appreciating life, after suffering 3 strokes of my own in recent times …
Attacked below is a new song by Loner Deer, ‘Leather Hat’ and his lyrics, seem to capture the feelings of my mood and thoughts today.


Loner Deer. ‘Leather Hat’, Lyrics

Today, no one came in my team
But I don’t wanna be the one
Who got no friends, no buddies in the house
But it’s not a big deal ’cause I never be alone
Under my Leather Hat, under my leather hat

This morning I want to play, but Momma said “no”
I have to clean my room but I just wanna be outside
Hang out with my friends, but I don’t have many plans
So, I’m just waiting in my bed and looking on the wall
At my leather hat, at my leather hat
Give me trust and give me wings, I guess some people want it
But I ain’t looking for the fame, I don’t forget where I come from

When Grandpa drives me through the fields
He tells me what I have to think about
That no one tells me what to do
I’m rich, I’m strong, I’m feeling good
Under my leather hat, under my leather hat

Give me trust and give me wings, I guess some people want it
But I ain’t looking for the fame, I don’t forget where I come from

Today, no one came in my team
But I don’t wanna be the one
Who got no friends, no buddies in the house
But it’s not a big deal ’cause I never be alone
Under my Leather Hat, under my leather hat






Ivor Steven (c) July 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.

99 thoughts on “Seventy-one Today”

  1. Interesting song. It’s a surreal time. My husband is 72. I see him pondering similarly. Aging is an odd process – seems none of us were prepared for it.

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  2. Dear Ivor,

    Happy Birthday my friend. I’m so sorry about your loss of your friend. We witness more than we like as we age but we are better for that. You have a wonderful day with Frankie who will lick your tears and share ice cream with you to celebrate. Blessings of love heading your way. Make a wish and feel it circle you!!
    💖💖🤗🤗🌟🌞🌞🌞🥂🤗💖

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    1. Thank you Cindy for your thoughtful birthday wishes, and my siblings are coming down from Ballarat on the weekend and taking me out for a luncheon… 🤗🌏💕💜🎂🥂

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  3. Happy birthday to you, Ivor. It always hits hardest when we are the same age as the deceased. But life is for the living. We grieve them and keep on moving forward. I liked the melody of this song but he’s quite the mumbler… 🙂

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  4. Happy Birthday, Ivor!!!
    🎂🥂🎈💜🎉🎁❤️💐🧁
    I hope you are surrounded by wonderful memories AND make some new good memories today!
    We are so glad you were birth-ed! We are so glad you are in the world! 🙂 I hope you will be doing something to celebrate! We will do something here to celebrate you! 🙂

    I’m so very sorry to hear about the death of your friend. 😦 That is so tragic. 😦
    Love, (((HUGS))), and thoughts of you today, Ivor. ❤️

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful birthday wishes .. me and Frankie will be going to the Box Office Cafe for a birthday luncheon 🎂💕🌏
      And on the weekend my siblings are coming down from Ballarat for for a family birthday luncheon in town 💕🎂🥂🌏🎉

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  5. Happy Birthday my friend. Life is scary — the older you get, the scarier it gets. I am going to be 70 in December. Will I make it? It’s not for me to know. My purpose now is to connect with others and let them know they’re not alone. In their fears, their loves, and their dreams. Including you.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful wishes Claudia.. I’ll be partying with my siblings on the weekend .. today me and Frankie are going to the Box Office Cafe for a birthday luncheon 😍🥂🎂🐶

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  6. I’ll add you to my list of people I know who share my birthday too Ivor. I have two good friends whose birthday is today. Unfortunately this year we had a planned get together of the three of us but some plans fall away.
    Anyway….Happy Birthday to us 🎂🥂

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  7. Losing a friend is never easy; I’m very sorry for your loss. I am just a couple of months older than you; I hope you enjoyed your 71st. Most days I do not feel my age; other days it slaps me in the face the moment I wake up. They say age is mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. I like that one and hope it brought a smile to your face.

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    1. Thank you Nancy (that was my mother-in-law’s name) .. and yes at this stage of my life I am fortunate to be ticking off another year.. my roller coaster doesn’t seem to know where the brakes are 🤗🌏🎉

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  8. I am so sorry to hear you lost a good friend. A sad way to go. Memories take us back to other places and times. I am glad you were able to share in his memorial. I am sure Frankie was great comfort for you. You have miles to go before you sleep. my friend! Keep writing! and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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      1. I’m busy staying in bed at the moment .. it’s -2’C still at 7.00am … Jack’s Back .. meeting with Judy, my book’s publisher/editor, this afternoon for the final see-up of my book Tullawalla … probably the best birthday present of all 🎉🤗🌏🐶

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  9. Happy Birthday young man, 71 is awesome … you have a decade and a day on my brother 🙂

    Powerful words, keep that leather hat on and Frankie beside you and you will be fearless … pray no more strokes and a long and healthy life Ivor 🙂

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  10. Good day, I’m sorry your feeling low. I’m about to turn 83 the first of December. Because I have RA I thought I would never get past the age 75 and yet I’m here and writing more poems then ever. Keep going, keep smiling, and keep writing.

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