~ 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.

29 May, 2010

May Days In Our Village

Sunlit shafts streak in rays across celestial blue skies,
pink fluffy pendulous blossoms wave their clusters in the breeze,
the vivid startling green of spring appears.
Lucky are those who see this sight of approaching summer,
the russet copper tones of the Lincoln Reds standing proud and in our view.
The old bent ivy entwined gnarled trees start their fight for a few covered branches,
the lavender coloured lilac returns once more to please eager eyes.

A daily delight for you my love as this season returns once more, this quality that does not vary,
bringing a stillness to the land, gone are the painful gales of Winter.
Something strong, something constant and unchanging,
something to entice you from your bed...
Your wish to see these jewelled days has been granted.

Was he listening when I called to him?
Did he paint this picture just for you?

*Lincoln Red – A breed of cattle. May 2010.

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Sandy Banks said...

how delicately sweet your words are... gentle like that spring breeze. I love the lilacs too, though ours have pretty much been wiped out by heavy rains. The views of your village are always enjoyable!

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Even without the benefit of the lovely photos, I can see and smell your beautiful village in my mind's eye !

I hope you and Hamada will have good weather to enjoy the views to the full....we have had torrential rain here today, much to the detriment of my poor clematis, which is looking very battered !

jinksy said...

No wonder you had to capture these images in words... To me, words covey the soul of a scene, which a picture alone doesn't do.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Sandy I felt an urge to capture the changing season once again, such a very beautiful time in our little part of the world and much loved by Hamada. Alas the blossom never last for long but are so beautiful while here.

Susie Hemingway said...

@ Elizabeth @ The Garden Window, My clematis have taken a battering too, such a shame when they look so flawless for a time. Hamada has his special chair right by the garden window and his bedroom overlooks the garden too - he loves to watch the birds feeding on a nearby bird table checking off the species. Take care.

Susie Hemingway said...

@ Jinksy - we have beautiful natural views from our windows across farm land but I know I can never do the beauty justice with my words, still if I can convey a little of what I see for those less fortunate who are not able to see the countryside, then that is all I wish.

Michael Morse said...

"Your wish to see these jewelled days has been granted."

I love these words, for the obvious reason and so much more.

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