Congregating Every Day

Hello dear readers and followers, this poem today is the first piece I have written for 3 weeks, after being unable to attempt any computer work because of my debilitating back pain. I’m afraid my back is still very sore, and this article has been put together via short sittings at my desk over the last 3 days. I think Derrick’s photos captured my imagination and stirred my tired mind to write something creative.

All Photographs, by Derrick Knight, and thank you once again for allowing me to reproduce your fabulous images here on my poetry site …

And this is now our 39th poem/photograph collaboration, and a “Glossy Coffee-table” type book “Perceptions” is on the way, hopefully, available before Christmas.

No-one told the ponies

Congregating Every Day

There they patiently stand

Congregating every day

Outside the community shop

And the village letterbox

Most of them are posting

Food parcels to their equine relatives

Hungry and abandoned in the Ukraine

Others wait forlornly

For any news of encouragement

About the health and whereabouts

From their frightened families

Inside war-torn Ukraine

There they patiently stand

Congregating every day

Ivor Steven ยฉย  August 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.

43 thoughts on “Congregating Every Day

  1. A very creative take on the world situation. The ponies are beautiful and the fact that they roam free is wonderful. I am so sorry to hear that your back is still in distress and full of pain. Take time to rest and recuperate… we will still be here when you feel better!

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      1. I have a list of exercises bigger than the daily newspaper .. I rest, do some exercisesโ€ฆ rest, more exercises .. the process goes all day โ€ฆ I have โ€œ10โ€different sets of exercises to do, which are repeated at least twice a day .. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Thank you Beth .. Derrickโ€™s wonderful photos really deserved a story to be created โ€ฆ oh, I took my time over a few days ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’•


  2. Such a heart-touching duet by you and Derrick. โค๏ธ
    Us Human-Beans can understand how those sweet ponies feel.
    Continued prayers and healing wishes and healing thoughts for you and your back, Ivor.
    Please rest.
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you Carolyn โ€ฆ itโ€™s nearly 8.00am and Iโ€™ve just woken .. wow another good sleep ๐Ÿ’ค.. dealing with the pain all day really wears me out, but Iโ€™m feeling slightly betterer โ€ฆ I need a friendly โ€œBack Fairyโ€ .. but I donโ€™t see any fluttering around down here in Geelong ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.. Iโ€™ll just have to keep up my exercise program and see how I go ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿถ ..
      I am going to add this meaningful poem to my โ€œPerceptionsโ€ manuscript , I think it will be a worthy addition ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank you Eugenia .. Derrickโ€™s photos were very thought provoking for me and my imagination was immediately inspired โ€ฆ oh this back is very frustrating, but Iโ€™m slowly slowly improving ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. Love the imagination! โ€ฆ but concerned about your back. Spasms can be debilitating for a few days โ€ฆ but longer pain needs to be checked out. I have numerous back issues and know how this can really drag us down.
    Do you have a program to bring relief and renew the issue? Iโ€™m happy to correspond seperately @

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    1. Thank Val … my Physio has given me 9 sets of different exercises to be done at least twice daily … my improvement is slow, but I have underlying stroke problems which probably exacerbate the situation … I’ll send you my exercise list … and I’m going to my Doc’s this afternoon, he might send me off for back X-rays …

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      1. Yep .. itโ€™s dragging on โ€ฆ but Iโ€™m starting to turn the cornerโ€ฆ things are looking betterer for next week ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒ


  4. I am sorry to hear your back pain is worsening. I feel for the people in the Ukraine, Pakistan and other places torn asunder by war and/or climate change. Our world is in dire need of healing. The love people from Ukrainian people who have left their homeland but still have ties there is so strong and an inspiration to us all.

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