~ 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.

27 October, 2008

And The Heavens Smiled - A Prayer -by Susie Hemingway

Through my fears, the heavens smiled
shafts of sunlight fell my way
great big rays of golden glory
came to me that bluest day,
from somewhere amid the heavens
upon a gentle breeze,
issued forth that tranquil feeling,
bringing salvation straight to me.

A calm and needed preservation,
radiant in beam of light
to not forsake, although forlorn
and hopeless, seeing all within my sight,
I lift my face to narrow beam
it's pouring warmth to cover me,
and stubborn as this heart allows,
I stand in watchful patience now.

Come shine for me, your rays of gold
come gentle breeze, to bathe my cold,
Oh! glowing energy in crimson light,
impervious to change so bright,
enlighten with your power,
the vigour of my soul,
in dreams of costly structure
this folly, that is bold.

Who sent this cheering influence
in heart where sadness dwells,
what spark, what fiery brilliance,
provoked this staunchness now,
still, the heavens smiled, and shafts
of sunlight fell my way,
great big rays of golden glory
came to me that bluest day...

@ Copyright October 2008

"Sunset at Kanyemba" Courtesy of Ellie Robson.

"Sunrise at Hemingby" Courtesy of Janey Johnson.
: Extract read at the Epiphany Service In Village Church Jan 4 2009

All Rights Reserved @ 2008


Janey Johnson London UK said...

This one is awesome, magical and yes a prayer of thanks. How lovely to see and feel the power of the sun warming your soul.

Sunshine said...

What JOY!!
Happy for you....

Mark. Cairo said...

I can feel the living words and lovely spirit between the lines.

Anonymous said...

I hope that light shines on you whenever u need the power and strenght from it.

Colin B

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Janey for your lovely comments about this poem and for the loan of your beautiful photo "sunrise"

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Sunshine, best wishes to you both and I am very glad to read Don is doing so well.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks for understanding my words Mark, I'm missing the spirit of Cairo.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Colin for those lovely words and for always reading and understanding my poems.

Michael Morse said...

I've learned to wait until I have a quiet moment to first read your poems.

I read them again when I need them.

Thank you.

Susie Hemingway said...

Well Michael, I do hope your life does not need too many 'prayers', keep safe over there and I hope your days treat you kindly.

Walt Trachim said...

Incredible work you do here, Susie. You indeed have the soul of a poet.

I discovered your blog courtesy of my friend Michael Morse - definitely glad I did. I will come back often. And I will add Hamada to the list of people I pray for.


Susie Hemingway said...

Your words are so kind Walt, thank you for taking the time to comment on this little blog.

Well I shall say " anyone, who is a friend of Michael's, is also a friend of mine" Many thanks for your prayers for Hamada, something seems to be working as he is still in partial remission. My Sincere Regards - Susie Hemingway Moursi.

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