Sunday, April 24, 2011


Dear friends,
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 around me.


doubleme said...

I'm so sorry. You are in prayers.

Kate B said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry to hear such sad news.

Anonymous said...

Strength to you in this difficult time. Healing thoughts sent your way.

Anne A said...

Dear Sue,
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)

Suelick said...

Oh Anne,
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.

Janice said...

That poem is beautiful. I am SO very sorry for your loss.

Thank you for being out here and giving encouragement to others.

Elena said...

Dear Sue, I'm very sorry to hear about this. Look after yourself well!