~ 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.

17 July, 2010

The Gentleness Of Your Silence - Susie Hemingway



As soft as the evening breeze
that trembles through the tallest trees
as meditative as your words allow,
entwined and tangled in these Summer days.
The crystal clarity in your eyes
tell more in a dear face of courage,
than the gentleness of your silence.


Not so much now a belligerent waging war
nor a stricken fight,
just a gentle silence that goes on into the night.
Words are difficult for you to find
It does not matter for I don't mind,
the gentleness of your silence is far more
than feckless words that blow in the Summer wind.


The brushstrokes of our life unfold clearly
as you focus daily to capture strength,
this Summer of endless joys
nothing more is needed,
no more
than the gentleness of your silence...




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12 comments:

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Susie, this poem is absolutely wonderful! It says so very much about the wonderful relationship you and Hamada share together.
My prayers and very best wishes to you both !

theprovidencefireman said...

Susie, this is beautiful! You both are so very lucky to have each other...and to love each other so much!

Susie Hemingway said...

@ Thank you dear Elizabeth for your kind words that support us so.

@ theprovidencefireman - thank you for your most sincere comment. The fight for Hamada continues as we yearn for more time together. Life at the moment is calm, as there is a gap during these Summer months with Chemotherapy; which is a joy.

My very best wishes and much praise to you all for the awesome work you do.

Marilyn said...

Lovely poem. Yes, please visit me again at Delights of the Heart.

Walt Trachim said...

What a beautiful poem...

jinksy said...

A tender, loving poem that does the heart good with its honesty.

Michael Morse said...

There is strength in acceptance, and peace in silence, and happiness in memories and contentment, even in the darkest days.

You and Hamada are courageous beyond words, and an inspiration to me.

SE'LAH... said...

Prayers sent up, for you and Hamada. Your love is a beautiful thing to witness.

one love.

elizabeth said...

I can feel the love you both have for each other in your words.

Wishing you a continued summer of calmness.

Jean said...

Very lovely!

Hoping you and Hamada are enjoying your quiet time together.

(sending an email your way ♥)

Barbara said...

Susie,
Again you touch our hearts with your sweet words.. such a gift you have. The love you and Hamada have comes through in every verse.
I thought of you this evening as I reflected on our journey.. You always leave such encouraging comments on my blog.. I hope some day we cross paths. I would very much like to me you and Hamada in person. be well

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks you dear friends for your kind comments left here for "The Gentleness Of Your Silence"

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