~ 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.

30 August, 2008

"How Still - Remission" by Susie Hemingway

How still this life of ours becomes
this joyous quiet silent scene
this plateau held in time
this tableau captured in a dream,

rest here on this your island
marooned with only me
for peace is all that's needed
to complete this tranquil dream;

my pilgrim, breath this air
your days are restful now
nothing to weigh more heavy
than my hand upon your brow;

as your friend I stand protective
wishing to clasp this pause,
as your lover I fight your corner
always asking for much more!

suspend this moment fast in time
and navigate all hurt away
this dreamlike state, this voyage this journey,
how still this perfect scene...

All Rights Reserved August 2008


Michael Morse said...

I too share my life with a person battling a wretched disease. At times the island we have created is such a peaceful, safe place, nobody can touch us there. Sadness and anger creep ashore now and again, but ultimately we are survivors.

As always, thank you for expressing what I feel, and best to you and Hamada.

Jewel ( USA) said...

Wonderful thoughts, you are a beautiful person inside and out

Susie Hemingway said...

Michael, Thank you for taking the time to comment, as a brave and courageous man you will always be a survivor. Hamada and I so admire the amazing work you undertake daily. I wish you peace and happiness on your 'Island'
Sincere regards to you both.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you dear Jewel, What a generous thing to say! sending all very good wishes across the pond to you X

Ken said...

I agree with Jewel Susie, Your words are subtle, yet sublime, and lift the psyche to a peacful place where my faith in the good of humanity is restored... You ought to publish and let the world enjoy too.

Susie Hemingway said...

How very kind are your comments Ken on my humble thoughts and ramblings. What very generous words to write. Thank you. My Sincere Regards Susie

Matt said...

Nice one Mum, one of my favourites so far...

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Matt, It pleases me that this rather calm poem is one of your favourites.

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