My husband Fred passed away yesterday after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. I have been competing in the Poem a Day challenge at Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog. Today’s prompt was to write a prayer poem. This is what I wrote. Fred is still my muse.
Today I am a widow,
my husband gone from his body,
the hands that caressed me stilled,
the lips that kissed with such
tender strength left open
to let his soul escape.
Lord, as I kiss his sunken cheek
and embrace him through the sheet,
sprinkling tears across his neck,
help me to remember that this
was just a shell, and now,
like you, he is everywhere.
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I'm so sorry. You are in prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Very sorry to hear such sad news.
Strength to you in this difficult time. Healing thoughts sent your way.
What sad news. Fred was such a NICE guy…helped so much put us nervous new Coast Aquarium volunteers at ease during my training 10 years ago. I miss his presence at TWC, and my dog Marfa definitely misses the lengthy “Fred massages” she enjoyed receiving from him during visits!
Prayers and love to you, Sue.
— Anne (and Marfa)
You and Marfa were–and are–such a blessing to Fred and me to all the people you visit. Thank you so much.
And thank you to everyone for your comments. I appreciate it.
That poem is beautiful. I am SO very sorry for your loss.
Thank you for being out here and giving encouragement to others.
Dear Sue, I'm very sorry to hear about this. Look after yourself well!