~ Poems of Love ~

The following poems have been written by me, for my husband Hamada, who suffered from Multiple Myeloma [IgG Kappa] a cancer of the plasma cells, which are found in the bone marrow. After many months of chemotherapy, contracting pneumonia twice, once given only twelve hours to live and having three bad fractures to his spine and also showing in his Pelvis, he made it to four years seven months. The Multiple Myeloma attacked his Kidneys first showing at diagnosis in May 2006 leaving Hamada only a small percentage of kidney function. He never complained, using his most amazing smile even when I knew he had severe pain. Hamada underwent a Stem Cell Transplant using his own 'harvested stem cells' . During October 2007 he spent seventeen days in the "Centre For Clinical Haematology" at Nottingham City Hospital UK. where he achieved this transplant. We had a scare at six months after transplant, when told 'the beast was back' but subsequent tests showed a partial remission. Again in early 2009 it was confirmed that Hamada was out of remission He fought again during 2010 with newer chemo type drugs. First with Velcade and then with Revlimid but to no avail. His Kidneys were failing further and Hamada chose not to have dialysis. This blog contains poems and updates, written for Hamada, telling of our life together.
Now a beautiful book has been published, see http://www.susiehemingway.com/books/
showing Hamada's personal fight against Multiple Myeloma in the first fifty 'poems of love' written by me his wife. I hope you like these poems of love and also 'our story' dedicated to Hamada, who passed away peacefully at home on 23 November 2010 after a most courageous fight against Multiple Myeloma.

05 June, 2007



Do you remember long ago
you found that magic place,
where lilies filled most every room
and beds were dressed in lace
the men in polished uniforms
took bags and opened doors,
and the crystal of the chandelier's
twinkled straight on marble floors

The majesty and splendour of
this, your special place,
was clear as sparkling water
that ran from fountain space.
You sat me by the sea-view
in a chair of plushest silk
the lady with the clear sweet voice
the harp, it's gentle lilt,
you said my hair was "pretty"
and my dress was "just divine"
and then they brought us pink delights
and goblets full of wine.

The scent from all the lilies
that filled most every room,
could that be what was turning
my heart, amid the blooms,
perhaps it was the dark red wine
perhaps it was your face,
perhaps those gilded bronzes,
I remembered in that place

We walked on Turkish carpets
in rooms of ormolu,
along the 'china' terrace
admiring stunning views,
we walked along the waters edge
leaving sandals on the stairs,
still that beguiling smell of lilies,
I wondered where, from here
and as you turned and smiled
coming, face to face......

where lilies filled most every room,
and beds were dressed in lace.

@ Copyright 2006


sandrine said...

Lilies have a special place in my heart... flowers of my wedding. Very romantic and beautiful words.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Sandrine - I too have lovely memories of 'Chateau de Roupy' It was the best of times.

Better Half said...

I love your poetry, It touches the inner soul and I feel as if I'm on the same journey, touching the silk, feeling the warmth of the candle and tasting the wine - Thanks

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you so much, how kind your comments.

Janet Greenway said...

What a simply beautiful poem I love it.

Anonymous said...

Ellie says 'Lillies' is an amazing poem

Janey Johnson said...

Janey's favourite so far - love it

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Janey, I am so glad you like "Lilies"

Anonymous said...

A dream of a poem shakia

Janice Thomson said...

A beautiful romantic love poem. A much enjoyed read.

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