These are four poems written during the last days of my dear wife.I wrote them whilst being with her until the end, caring for her in hospital 24 hours a day, thanks to the compassion of the medical and nursing staff.I felt privileged to be with Edna.The last poem was written after her cremation.
What can I say?
What can I do?
I’m so distressed
We’ve been together all those years
seventy all told.
We loved each other when we were young
and we still do now we are old.
In time to come
who knows where we’ll be
our love will still be there
Where have all the years gone
all the years of our life,
since we met on Royston Heath
my Darling Eddy, my wife?
We loved each other all those years,
we love each other yet,
we’ll love each other for evermore
a love without regret.
But the time has come to say farewell
its so sad that you must go
but I hope as far I can tell
it isn’t the end you know.
Life is not always full of fun,
its like the mighty sea,
it lifts you up to the top of the wave,
and it drops you as fast as can be.
Our life together has been like that
many times we were dropped down
but we had many times on the crest of the wave
as we moved from town to town.
However there was always something
that was there for you and me
t’was our constant love for each other
from the start to eternity.
The time has come now to say farewell
but I’m sure we’ll meet again
when or where, no one can tell
but our love will be the same.
So for the last time let me say
I love you my darling Ed,
I love you like I have always done
since the day that we were wed.
You are on your final journey now
across a deep blue sea
a sea without waves a sea without tides,
a sea of tranquility.
It won’t be long now and you will arrive
on the shores of the promised land,
where folks whom you knew,
who came there before
are waiting to hold your hand.
Don’t be afraid my darling,
there are no worries or pain.
its a beautiful ,place
unlike our earth,
where we shall meet again.
Nobody knows when that will be,
it is not in our hand,
but I know that you will wait for me
at he the end of my journey across the sea
to once again hold my hand.
Beautifully expressed Peter. So sorry for your loss, I fully understand what you are going through, and my thoughts are with you.
Thank you so much Val for reading and commenting on my few sad thoughts. I knew you would understand knowing that you have been in a similar situation,gathering from your well crafted poems. I hope it is a bit easier now, but thoughts will never leave us and I know we don’t want them to, as our memories will always be precious in our minds,even if they do cause pain at times. my thoughts are with you, Peter xxx
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear wife, Peter, and send you my condolences.
Reading your poems I can see that you are able to derive some comfort by writing about your happy memories and the pain you have felt at losing Edna.
My best wishes, Luigi.
Thank you Luigi,I appreciate your comment, and you are right I do derive a some comforts by putting my thoughts to paper and sharing them with others, who might also be suffering a loss. once more, thank you, Best wishes Peter
Hello Trevor, thank you so very much for reading and commenting on my poems.Yes it is difficult to lose one’s partner after 70 years of a wonderful relationship.The only consolation is the fact that I have so many wonderful memories of our time together,which does help, but which also cause many tearful moments In time I shall be able to cope much better with my emotions.I am only glad that I was able to be with my darling wife until the moment she started her journey into the unknown.It was a great privilege to be there.Yes Trevor we all have… Read more »