Miles From Home

At my ‘Dome Poetry Group’ (here in Geelong) the prompt is to write a poem (any form) inspired by a phrase on the last page of a book. (Reveal the source.) I chose “Another Yellow Door” by C Flaherty Brown, and below is the last phrase in her book, followed by my ‘Fictional Poem’, Miles From Home.




Miles From Home 


Today 

I went left, instead of right 

No matter what direction 

Or decision I choose 

At the end of day 

There will be night 

My time to rest  

And remain out of sight 


Tomorrow 

I shall take the backroads 

Miles away from my troubled life 

Miles and miles 

Beyond those evil eyes of strife 


Tonight 

I will sleep under the stars 

With my loyal companion


Now

He gives me that inquisitive stare 

“Don’t look at me like that 

I know mate, I know 

I should never have left the wife” 






Ivor Steven ©  September 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.

26 thoughts on “Miles From Home”

  1. A long tale, concisely told. I enjoyed this short story.

    The following lines alone offer a kind of relief, and are worth being remembered as mantra during difficult times:

    No matter what direction
    Or decision I choose
    At the end of day
    There will be night
    My time to rest
    And remain out of sight

    Very nice!

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  2. What a wonderful prompt! And your fiction write is great, Ivor! Such vivid word-pics and emotions…and leaves me wanting more. Which is a good thing! 🙂
    Great photo and powerful song!
    I’m trying to remember, in the photo…the little one at the gate??? A cousin?
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. Ahh .. the little one at the gate is my older brother Danny, and house is the old original “Tullawalla” … I’m pleased you enjoyed my piece of fiction … something different for me, hopefully, the poetry group will like it, at Sunday’s meeting … and I am hoping to be fit enough to attend 🤗📒✏️💕🌏📖

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  3. Ivor! You always surprise me 🙂 Thank you for the shout out. And I adore your poem.

    I have a secret to tell you….when I wrote Another Yellow Door I used names of my grandchildren as some of the characters in the book. The book was finished when I was told there was another grandbaby on the way. And his last name is going to be MILES! So I capitalized the M in Miles to include him in the book. 🙂

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    1. Yeah for Miles … and I’ll be presenting my poem to the Dome poetry on Sunday morning, I hope they like it as much as you … a fictional poem is something different for me, but it’s received fantastic reviews on my website 📖✏️📒🤗⭐️

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