~ 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.

10 November, 2007

It is Not Love - If You Must Ask - by Susie Hemingway

What is love, I'm often asked
my answer is, it's not a task,
It's when you only have to glance,
to make your heart turn in a trance,
when eyes cannot turn away
and when you yearn from day to day,
your soul and mind in endless tune,
it is not love - if you must ask.

What is love, the girls do ask,
when you can trust another soul
with secrets you have never told,
when your mind and heart can blend as one
and when silence, a delight becomes.
When you know that you would walk,
a thousand miles, for eyes and soul,
and just one glance,
it is not love - if you must ask.

What is love, the boys do ask,
it's when you care more than yourself,
as in your busy days you'll find, and
when you try another kind!
your mind refuses, turning back
although you try another track,
your heart refuses, to let go,
don't ask me! for you will always know
it is not love - if you must ask.

It's when you find the strength that lies
in waiting for the sun to rise
across your soul and heart and mind
a love so pure, the only kind.
It's when in everyday, a joyous song
a heart that sings, in sweet refrain,
a closeness and a precious gem,
just wait for love, no other kind.

It is not love - if you must ask.

dedicated to my youngest son Yousef - October 30

@ Copyright 2007


Cat Chorley said...

Lovely Poem Susie. Cat Chorley

Ken said...

Simply beautiful. Ken

jo said...

Amazing - Think you have summed it all up!

Jewel (USA ) said...

Your son is so lucky to have such a caring mother. I hope he takes each and every word to heart and seals them inside. Jewel U.S.A

Adrian said...

How true is this poem and beautifully written. Well done Susie. Adrian from London.

Mark Cairo.Egypt said...

Love is what you give and not what you take.
Love is feel your lover even if they live 1,000,000 miles away of you.
Love is the missing thing that all the world is looking for.
It is love...
If you must ask..
Mark. Cairo. Egypt.

david. espana said...

and i shall keep looking Susie for love as in this poem. david espana

Stephanie ( Taken from Facebook) said...

I am the founder of the MMRF Group on Facebook and i just wanted to let you know that your poems are really touching. My Grandfather passed away from this terrible disease but since then they have made much more progress. I am glad to hear your husband is doing well. Best Of Luck. I will pray for him and contiue to raise awareness, hope and money for research to fine a cure. Stephanie

Anonymous said...

This is a very special poem a really delightful piece of work
Sally Grieves

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks go to all who have commented here - your remarks cheer and spur me on - thank you x

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