~ 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.

03 October, 2009

This Sunset - by Susie Hemingway

Brilliant Sunset sinking fast
of pumpkin corals and scarlet reds,
slowly first, as watchful eyes
dream and melt in paradise.
We turn to stare at coloured sky
and watch graceful bird swooping by,
we listen to the palm trees sway
as sun kissed bodies feel close of day,
evening warmth on cooling skin
pleasures seem to merge within.

Sinking slowly, small cirrus streaks
enhance this beauty we love to seek.
Vermilion Ambers, Magenta hues
spectacular colours for me and you,
gentle sounds of ebbing waves
this rhythm and flow of life and days...
Why we seek this twilight sky?
this energy that makes us sigh,
that makes our shoulders rest this way
that always takes our stress away.

This colour of power, this colour of
might, this reason to live, this reason
to fight,
this Sunset watched with only you
delicious memories come into view.

With many thanks to Sandy Banks*
http://www.retiredforgood.blogspot.com/ for allowing me to use these very beautiful photos and for dedicating the lower rather special Sunset Photo to us both.* All rights reserved.

*Sandy said... Your poem prompted me to gift those precious moments as the sun slips down behind the mountain and sea - caught, but not stopped - to you and your beloved... I love your words that bring the essence of a season or a moment into very sharp focus. Thank you again....
All Rights Reserved@ October 2009


Susie Hemingway said...

From the words of Lori @ www.wordsfromtheheartandsoul.blogspot.com "I often wonder what separates those living remission cancer free after having it and those who have with cancer, which then eventually take their lives. I have met this wonderful writer in the blog world, her name is Susie Hemingway and she is over at A Power Within blog: http://susiehemingway.blogspot.com/. Her husband is living with cancer now and she celebrates the love that they share with one another and it is so very beautiful. Susie who has positive thoughts and the added power of love there will be a cure. So I will continue to pray everyday for a cure and that everyone may live in peace, light, and love.

Lovely words indeed, thank you Lori

enchantedoak said...

You came to my blog and commented on my poem Fire on the Mountain, so I came to visit your blog and am blown away by the sweet love so evident in this poem. You have a wonderful support group of people who care for you, and your poetic treatment of love and cancer is breath-taking. Share my joy with me: "Fire on the Mountain" won a first award at a writers conference today, and I'm overflowing with gratitude for the gift of poetry, which you are using to celebrate under difficult circumstances. Thanks for this connection of our humanity.
Chris Alba

Phoenix said...

Beautiful sentiments.. this is why I love the blog world... when I see how all our battles within ourselves are so beautifully channeled to create an expression that outlasts us all... My prayers and best wishes for you.

Barry said...

Another beautiful use of words, that takes the reader with you to view this perfect sunset. Descriptive, so full of passion, as all your poems are.

Linda said...

Your poetry is expressive and so full of love and hope. I just finished reading most of your entire blog. My husband was diagnosed in April 2009 with adenocarcinoma in his esophagus. It has spread to his bones and he has developed an underlying lymph disorder. The doctors gave him less than five years to live. We were due to retire next year. We have children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters and friends, a huge support team. This journey will come to tax all of us in the years ahead. For now, Barry is blogging about his own cancer journey, an explorer's view of life, you are welcome to visit. Although we live across the pond, maybe we can help each other on our journeys with strength and support. I would love that. Love and prayers for Hamada and for you.
"The colour of power and the reason to fight." =D

A Cuban In London said...

What a beautiful poem! And those photos! They are absolutely amazing.

Greetings from London.

Barry said...

Beautiful poem Susie. A sunset always lifts my spirits and reduces my stress levels as well.

As does your poetry.

Poetic Artist said...

Your poetry and your love for your husband is beautiful. I will think of you and your husband in my prayers..

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments, for taking the time from your busy days to enter them here.
Your words are kind beyond belief.

@enchantedoak: Many congratulations Chris on your award from the writers conference.

@Linda I have replied on your blog.

Walt Trachim said...


I never feel like I have adequate words - it's like everything you write just turns to gold.

And you've captured what the days look like during this time of year so keenly.

Thank you, my friend.

Dave King said...

A wonderfully moving poem. All power to you both. Every blessing each.

willow said...

Beautiful poem Susie. Good thoughts and prayers for Hamada coming your way from Willow Manor.

(By all means, YES, please do come to the ball and dance that mean tango in your vintage grey dress.)

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks go To Walt, Dave and Willow for your very kind comments, how nice you all are.

@ Willow: Such fun the Ball at "Willow Manor" will be, how excited I am to be attending! I do so hope Al Pacino will be there to lead me in the first tango!

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