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Commemorating the Third Year
Army_Vet60
Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2021 4:57 PM
Joined: 6/21/2019
Posts: 1043


It's now early in the third year since Sandy was taken by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  Thankfully, the pain of loss can be salved by the memories of what once was...

 

THE TIME MACHINE

 

I sit, alone, and close my eyes,

And switch on my Time Machine.

When a loved one dies,

The future dies,

But the past is here to stay,

So I found a way

To leave today

And choose from all my yesterdays.

 

I traveled to that ballroom

Where, first, we met one night.

Her eyes met mine

Like a diamond’s shine

And I held her in that light,

For I found a way

To leave today

And choose from all my yesterdays.

 

I traveled to when we first held hands

And how that touch progressed

To my arm around her shoulders

And then to a first shared kiss,

For I found a way

To leave today

And choose from all my yesterdays.

 

 

I traveled the path from kiss to caress

To that night we lay together,

Where we surrendered our freedom

For a commitment to love forever.

With the Time Machine, I keep that promise

As I found a way

To leave today

And choose from all my yesterdays.

 11/13/21

 

 

 


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jfkoc
Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2021 4:10 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 20394


How wonderful is that photo!!!

Thanks for sharing it.


Jo C.
Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2021 4:46 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 12278


ArmyVet; a loving and lovely poem and such a beautiful photo . . . . thank you for sharing both.

J.


Army_Vet60
Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021 9:23 AM
Joined: 6/21/2019
Posts: 1043


jfkoc & jo c,

Thank you. That photo of Sandy and me is my favorite. It gave me the idea for this poem.

It was taken in the spring of 2011, probably the happiest time of our lives together. It was shortly before Sandy broke her leg, which led to the surgeries that triggered the Dementia and everything that followed.


TessC
Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:52 PM
Joined: 4/1/2014
Posts: 5214


Wonderful photograph of the two of you. Sandy looks so happy, as do you! Lovely poem. So very meaningful to anyone with fond memories of their true love. Best to you as you pass another milestone of Sandy's passing.
abc123
Posted: Friday, December 17, 2021 11:53 AM
Joined: 6/12/2016
Posts: 2052


Dear Army Vet, thank you for sharing this beautiful photo of you & Sandy! I think pictures are a huge blessing, to me anyway. I read all of your post, especially the poems you share. I don't always comment because I can not find the words to do justice to your feelings. Your words cause me to sit and think and deal with my own memories. I am grateful to you for that! I wish you well. Take good care of yourself, live your life.
Army_Vet60
Posted: Saturday, December 18, 2021 1:50 PM
Joined: 6/21/2019
Posts: 1043


abc123,

I apreciate hearing from you. That is my favorite photo of us. We both wanted that time in our lives to last forever.

I've hoped the poems I was writing and posting here could be of some help.

That became the way I could most effectively articulate this whole experience of grieving and coping as a Caregiver.


abc123
Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2021 10:14 AM
Joined: 6/12/2016
Posts: 2052


The poems are powerful and moving. You are a talented man.
 
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