~ 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.

16 January, 2008

Seasons Pass - January 2008 - by Susie Hemingway

So seasons pass all eight of them!
from calm to gusty days,
from shock and realisation, to
shock and back again,
you can't stop the rain from falling
but you can catch it in your hands
and, in so doing -
you cup life within your palms.

In soft and gentle days of Spring
to gather forth a plan,
you breathe again and understand
in veiled obscured, shifting sands,
the changes, as in flowers grow
unfold in prudent ways,
but life will never be entirely, quite
the same again.

So Summer came as some did say?
but we preclude most all these days.
In fear and sacred keeping
to grasp and hold at bay
but sabre swords do block our way,
with dragons at our door,
and Summer passes like poppies fade
amidst golden sunlit fields.

As pears that do not ripen
affirmation takes it's place,
when Autumn turns to gold
my mind trenchant and keen;
I conquer many fearsome things
subdue and overcome, and as the mists
arrive, how precious days become...

So Seasons pass, all eight of them
and two years fly as seconds do,
the snow lies on the ground -
as hearts can only do,
and as I stand before thee
in Grateful Gratitude, to
glean and gain as red berries do,
to start the Year anew...

@ Copyright 2008


Anonymous said...

A wonderful poem full of stunning descriptions of the changing seasons and the changing life.
Minnie Clements USA

Jo Moursi said...

Most beautiful poem, How we pray for many more seasons to come.

Love and respect for both your courage.


Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Minnie for your wonderful comment, my very best wishes to you

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks Dearest Jo, it pleases me so, to know you liked this poem x

Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed this most descriptive poem through the changing seasons of a difficult time. I send my best wishes to you both. Elizabeth Mattar. Poet/Author.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Elizabeth for your very generous comments.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful poem of hope and change susie, hope all is well. I'm still on top of the world. love you Jewel

Judy said...

What a wonderful poem. Hope everything is going ok...
Stay safe and keep smiling. Judy x

Anonymous said...

A colourful poem that takes you on a journey. Keep focused and fighting. All will be well. John and Anita West Midlands UK

Anonymous said...

A very unusual poem of compassion. I enjoyed it. Keep up the good work. Love Robin. London.

Susie Hemingway said...

My thanks to Dear Jewel who has found the love she is so deserving of.xxxx

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks go to Dear Judy, John and Anita ( West Midlands ) and also to Robin from London. It was so kind of you to take the time to comment.

Anonymous said...

What a nice poem well done Susie once again, Henry

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Henry for your kind comments, all best wishes to you.

Anonymous said...

Helwa Habibe xx

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