~ 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.

17 October, 2007

A Teardrop From Your Eye - by Susie Hemingway

I saw the teardrop from your eye
you turned your head, a little sigh,
you feel your pain, but seldom say
"yes it's been a difficult day"
the courage of this daily battle,
you're brave and steadfast, it's your way
never letting in the sadness that
begins at dawn and ends at sleep.
I saw the teardrop from your eye
it made me angry, it made me cry.

The changes you accept so well
must be for you, a living hell,
to not be steady on your legs
to feel so sick, you need your bed.
You sit and drink the world right in
in quiet ways, you always sing,
you smile as if a secret brings
a gift of happiness within.
I saw that teardrop from your eye
it made me angry, it made me cry.

Your quiet ways and inner peace
accepting all, not giving way
just hoping for another day.
To sit and be, in joyous calm
not asking for a magic charm,
if it were me, I'd scream and shout
your so determined, there's no doubt
such dignity, such pride, but
I saw that teardrop from your eye
it made me angry, it made me cry.

When all about you rush and bother
you sit and watch and quietly be
your love for me so clear to see,
never once do you complain
I see your passion, it never wanes,
you watch and wait, but never say
"this has not been, the best of days"
your daily thanks and generous praise,
they always take my breath away.
I saw that teardrop from your eye
it made me angry, it made me cry...

@ Copyright 2007


Ellie Chorley said...

That made me cry Susie !! so beautiful, your such an amazing woman and I think you sum up everything so beautifully in your poems. Sending lots of love to you and Hamada from Ellie Chorley

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you dear Elle - It is so kind of you to keep up with all the news about Hamada and your comments are too nice - you are most kind. xxx love and hugs

Colin Brown said...

Excellent as ever, what insight you have, you cope so well. Thinking of you always Colin

Jill said...

Lovely poem which made me cry Susie - best wishes from Jill.

Paulette and Vince said...

You are both very brave. I can still see love and laughter through your pain, may God bless you both. Lots of love Paulette and Vince.

Betty.myspace. usa said...

a gem of a poem for all who suffer and the people who love them. Betty. myspace usa

Charles said...

Charles again, you poems are still giving me pleasure. Thank you Susie

Mike said...

Good luck Hamada, a wonderful poem full of love and insight. Mike

Jewel MySpace USA said...

This one is lovely as usual, brought a tear to my eye. Love Much. Jewel USA

jean said...

Another great and well written poem of love jean

Sally Leeves said...

Still Sally Leeves favourite one.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you dear friends for your generous comments x

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