Throwback Friday. Stroke, And Who’s Left To Row The Boat


Stroke, And Who’s Left To Row The Boat


The storms are too many to count.

Emotional lows had weathered me out.

And there’s another poem I’d written.

“Olive Eyes”, when she was found to be broken.

Below I’ve attached the poem link.

How much lower could our life sink.


After fourteen years of our struggles, I suffered a Stroke.

An ambulance came, my brain was in a boat.

Floating out to sea, overboard and panic-stricken.

I wasn’t swimming, barely awake, and drifting.

I had fallen, nothing was working, and not talking.

She’s crying, I’m sobbing, my heart is dying.

And who’s left to row the boat, I’m thinking.

I was jabbed with a needle and silently sleeping.


I awoke a day later, in hospital, feeling wasted.

My face was limp, mouth parched, was that death I tasted.

My mind was active, I thought where is she.

I knew I was bad, the room was all blurry to me.

Strong anxieties had set in, I needed to know.

Nurses came to me, I pleaded, I wanted to go.

“Help me to see her, just give my bed a tow.

Please let me go, before I’m covered in snow”.


“Olive Eyes”.. Link>>

Ivor Steven (c)  May 2nd 2018


15 thoughts on “Throwback Friday. Stroke, And Who’s Left To Row The Boat

    • I only wrote about the event, 18 years after it happened !!, because I really didn’t know how to describe how difficult it was for me in those days, thank you Eugenia for your kind words and thoughts.

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    • Thank you V.J. It was a difficult story for me to write, I cried along with ever word, as I painfully recalled those days. I hope your struggles are in situation that you are coping ok. Eventually we were able to cope ok… Lots of hugs, Ivor 🤗🤗💛💛

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      • I read this to my husband, between chokes. He is my caregiver and can really relate. In the course of my illness he has had cancer, two heart attacks and now a near miss with a stroke. The responsibility of caring for an ailing spouse is a drain. The fear of both of us being in need is real.

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      • Yes I know, the worry and extra work load is a great personal and physical strain….. sincerely my heart goes out to you two, I hope you are enjoying the positives of still being together, and able to have a bit of fun, and laugh at each other ((Hugs)).

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