~ 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.

28 May, 2008

Pain and Marchpane - by Susie Hemingway

You're just as sweet as almond marzipan
like marchpane on a silver platter,
your feverish eyes in twinkling glimmer,
tell me the story, in never wasted chatter.

I look in on the tableau,and my eyes
can read your heart,
your pain is like a serpent,
a limbless reptile beast,
who once again returns,
when we expect him least.

Come, bring the Charmer and his pipe
to lure with his music,
to draw away the carrying pain
as he worms his way in coiling.

Come! see if I can sway this serpent!
and charm him from this 'marchpane'
I have the need to slay this beast
for my eyes can read your heart,
for my eyes can read your heart;

but YOUR eyes can see my soul...

All Rights Reserved.
Marzipan photo kind permission of Mitch Erickson
with thanks.


Jewel (MySpace) said...

Bravo! Very Beautiful, hope you are well. Jewel USA

Judy. Quebec. Canada. said...

Another wonderful heart-warming poem from you my friend... Your strength amazes me,where do you draw it from, I have no idea. Then again without it where would you be.
I am there with you always my friend. Much Love Judy - Quebec Canada

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you once again Dear Jewel for your kind comments on this little poem. Yes I am well, thank goodness for that! and I sincerely hope that all is peaceful and happy with my good friend from across the pond Take Care xx

Susie Hemingway said...

Judy, So generous are your comments and so kind too. Yes, my poems help me to get the anger and frustrations of this period of my life out, and all the sadness therin. I feel refreshed when a poem is finished and this helps me a lot, then I wait until my head is filled once more with these building thoughts. Thank you for your support - it is much appreciated Judy. Love Susie

Sunshine said...

Thank you and best wishes always.

Michael Morse said...

I find myself looking forward to your poems and hope someday you have nothing but joyous thoughts to draw your words from.

Best wishes,


Susie Hemingway said...

How kind you are Michael - I hope you had a wonderful vacation. Sincere good wishes, Susie.

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