There is no better way of expressing one’s feelings of love and passion than through a poem.
A love poem does not necessarily have to be too long and flowery. Even a short one can be very special and can do wonders when all the emotions are beautifully put into words, but make one as if it does not break your heart.
This is exactly what the 93-year-old British veteran from Hampshire did for his beautiful late wife. He wrote an adorably endearing short poem in her memory that tugs tight at the heartstrings.
Bob Lowe and Kath Lowe have been married for almost seven decades. They met each other in 1937 but got separated when the Second World War broke out in 1939. But, in spite of the long distance and years of loneliness, what kept the love birds together were the love notes and photographs that they shared with each other.
Upon his return from his service they married each other and went on to have two beautiful daughters and a handsome son.
Bob and Kath lived happily together for another six decades until the terrible disease took its toll in the later years.
72 years after their first kiss, he lost his wife to Alzheimer’s. After his wife’s death, Bob suffered once again, from the biggest disease known to mankind- ‘loneliness.’
At that time, he was a supporter for The Silver Line, ‘a helpline for older people.’ After reading an article by the President and Founder of The Silver Line Helpline, Esther Rantzen, Bob became inspired to write a poem, believing that way he could help other seniors suffering from loneliness like himself.
He submitted his story along with a love poem entitled “An Ode to Kath” to Silver Line and, Bob read the poem he wrote for his late wife on the BBC’s Radio 5 live.
In his work ‘Ode to Kath’, he described the deep emptiness that he felt since his wife Kath’s died.
Radio 5 live Breakfast Editor, Gill Farrington, told Mail Online: ‘It’s extremely rare for an interview to touch the hearts of so many people. Bob’s poem to his late wife in particular struck a chord with listeners. Many were moved to tears. We’ve been overwhelmed by reaction from across the world since. People have wanted to share their experiences saying Bob’s poem had made them realize they were not alone in their loneliness and grief. It was a privilege to speak to him.’
Source: BBC 5 live
“I am alone, now I know it’s true
There was a time when we were two
Those were the days when we would chat
Doing little jobs of this and that
We’d go to the shops and select our meals
But now I’m one I know how it feels
To try and cook or have meals on wheels
The rooms are empty there’s not a sound
Sometimes I’m lost and wander round
To look for jobs that I can do
To bring back the days when we were two
When darkness falls and curtains drawn
That’s when I feel most forlorn
But I must be honest and tell the truth
I’m not quite alone and here’s the proof
Because beside me in her chair
She quietly waits our time to share
Kath said to me some time ago
Darling when the time comes for us to go
Let’s mix our ashes and be together
So we can snuggle up for ever and ever.”
“An Ode to Kath” is one of those love poems which is heartbreaking and spirit soaring at the same time. The first time I read this, I broke into tears and it will break your heart too. I realized that perhaps no other age group feels the keen sting of loneliness and loss more than the elderly. It is important at that time one should not give up and try to find out ways to connect with others and feel useful and appreciated again.
- Smile, even if it feels hard
- Keep in touch by phone
- Fill your diary
- Invite friends for coffee and tea
And spread some love and cheer!
Why don’t you send some love poem to your loved ones and make them feel special.