~ 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.

12 August, 2007

Do You Remember Paris.

Do you remember Paris
so many days ago,
we ran in the rain
me in the highest heels, and
you never letting go,
dodging busy bustling streets,
past the Galerie of Fine Arts
wishing we could buy the shop,
do you remember Paris.

The tiny hotel you'd chosen
with a lift for only one
we squeezed tightly together
leaving our baggage still to come,
we laughed, as we rose to the attic
wiping the rain away,
and in our little shuttered room
we hid ourselves away,
do you remember Paris.

You sent for rolls and coffee
from the cafe just below
and as the lights came on
the room took on a rosy glow,
you say the smell of coffee
takes you back to that little room,
that, high over-stuffed bed,
the faded flowers, in candle gloom,
do you remember Paris.

We mixed the 'Coco' and 'Givenchy'
the hearts so full of love
the heady cognac, just to warm us,
the courtyard full of doves,
it was our Paris, not the Eiffel
or the Champs-Elys'ees
or even the Louvre
just in the latin quarter, a tiny
hotel for two.
Do you remember Paris ? ...

@ Copyright 2007


Susie Hemingway said...

This was Paris in the spring of 1980

Mark ( Cairo ) said...

I am very proud to be the first one to write comment on this nice poem with Susie style,very simple words, but with very powerful feelings Susie used to mix both together and create nice and sweet poems,when I read this poem, I remembered Edith Piaff singing and the old streets of Paris, it's strange, Susie has the ability to make you travel to any place just by reading her poems. Mark

Jewel. USA said...

So lovely and elegant. Thanks for letting us in on your memories, hope you are doing well Susie.
Love Jewel USA

Sally Grieves said...

How Romantic, absolutely lovely
Sally Grieves

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Dear Mark, as always such lovely comments, it makes me so happy to think that I can in some way transport you to a different land, refreshing your memories of other times. I hope Paris is always a happy place for you x

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Dear Jewel - Yes we are still fighting on - trying to make every day a masterpiece. Love Susie

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you for your nice comments, Sally, I am so glad you found this poem romantic. Best Wishes Susie

Patrick said...

This is the best 'Paris'feeling the place so well Susie, all the best Patrick.

Susie Hemingway said...

All the best to you Patrick and thank you for your comments

jerry beauer said...

I can see it all, a lovely poem,I hope you guys manage to get through it all. jerry beauer from U.S.

Jemma said...

Such a lovely romantic 'Paris' this is a stylish poem and i can see the scene well Jemma.

Connie USA said...

Love the poem, I have been thinking about you, I do hope you two are okay Connie USA

BJ ( Better Half ) said...

Beautiful Susie, and certainly nostalgic. When my husband and I were stationed in Europe we visited a place very similar to this. We were military, money was tight, but it's amazing the comfort one can find in a small cramped room when they're with someone they care for. Hope you are well, you two hang close . Hugs BJ

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you BJ. I'm so glad you found some memories returning with this poem - It does seem as if I have hit the right spot for quite a few with this one - that thrills me - I send my very best wishes to you and sincerely hope you are quite well again, Susie x

Charles said...

this is charming, romantic and beautifully written, more please,
have read all these poems and they have given me such pleasure. Charles

Monica Baker said...

Have just found your site Susie and I love it, such stories of love. I enjoyed them .

Noel said...

Again another poem with powerful feelings great stuff Noel

Susie Hemingway said...

Many thanks Jerry, all best wishes to you.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you for your nice comments, Jemma

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Connie ( myspace) for your nice comments

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