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Blessed that I was loved.

Love that was as deep as it was fulfilling…

As strong as it was imperfect.

But real.

Real love.


It was my life, my whole world…for a time.


Blessed that I walked through most of life with a true friend.

Who was as devoted as he was wise…

As tender as he was insecure.

My sounding board.

My gladiator.


He was my friend, my very best friend…for a time.


Blessed that I shared in the creation of new life.

With a steadfast partner by my side...

Filled with love and delight at his progeny.

Creating harmless mischief with them…trying in vain to hide their escapades from me.


He hung their sun and moon…for a time.


Blessed that he was beside me when he departed.

Odd as that may sound to some…

Warm in our bed, my body against his.

No fear. No pain.

As it should be. As he would have wanted.


Rolling from the arms of deep slumber…

Into the arms of Death…

Then into the sure and loving arms of Eternity…


So, who am I to cry?

Even though I still do.

Who am I to constantly look back?

Even though I cannot ignore the memories that fill my heart, soul, and mind...that keep me walking into the future without him.

How many would trade places with me?

Many, I would think.

Those who mourn for a life void of what I had…the love, the life, the indescribable treasure.

My treasure.

My Rick.


Yes, I am blessed.

Blessed to have loved…to have walked

To have shared a beautiful life with a beautiful soul…

For a time?


For ALL time.


With deep gratitude for the honor of having shared my life with the kindest soul I ever knew. Happy Birthday, my Rick, my Love.

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Comment by Jim on November 21, 2015 at 9:26pm

Hi Cindy.  I read your poem from "Widowed 2015".  Appreciate that very much.

Comment by Annie H on August 9, 2015 at 5:08pm
Beautifully written. A perfect tribute and a perfect love. Thank you so much! Be well
Comment by Hopeful30 on July 31, 2015 at 7:26am
Love this! So beautiful!
Comment by cosmicinnj on July 29, 2015 at 5:52pm

Beautiful! I just had this talk with my beloved Damian, but of course not so eloquently, more filled with sadness and tears, but I literally just told him how blessed I am to have been loved such by a beautiful soul as his. Thank you for being able to put down in words what my heart is to heavy to express.....

Comment by runm0423 (Micki) on July 26, 2015 at 10:50am
Beautiful. I too feel blessed to have had a once in a lifetime love. A best friend. A partner. And while I miss him so very much.... I don't feel anger. I just feel sad... but truly blessed.

Peace be with you. Thank you for your thoughts.

Comment by bis4betsy on July 25, 2015 at 8:32pm

beautifully written.  Thank you for sharing.

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