To Have You Back; there's nothing I wouldn't do

In memory of my dearest Joseph
In memory of my dearest Joseph


To have you back my best friend

there’s nothing I wouldn't do

I’d swim in Lake Michigan from Saugatuck to St. Joe

and stand outside in the drizzling rain and chilling snow


I’d run a hundred miles in the summer swelter

and plant row after row of the corn farmer’s pasture


I’d scrub the pie factory single handedly

and climb every tree on our property


I’d mow all the neighborhood overgrown lawns

even if it took me from dusk until dawn


I’d do it all if it gave me the chance

to have you back

have you back

at least, another glance


After your work shift one o'clock past midnight

nothing could stop me from greeting you on sight


No matter how sleepy, I’d prepare your favorite dinner

you could smoke in the house wherever and whenever


I wouldn't mind when you brought home silly gadgets

we could make room on any shelf or closet


It would all be worth it if it meant

I could see you for another precious moment

. . . one precious moment


I would give up anything upon God's request

no matter if he asked for our home with all its coziness

including our lovely garden we both toiled faithfully

nothing material has more value than you, Baby


I’d give away everything I own for free

to have you put your strong arms around me

or see you walk in the house and say, “What’s goin on?”

and flash that beautiful smile for me to gaze my eyes upon


My dearest husband,

Oh, how I've learned the only thing that truly matters is “love”

since the day you began guiding us from “above”


We struggled and built our lives which took years to achieve

and now I must rebuild my life, solitarily


It’s not going to be easy, but I have the will

you've given me the strength to prevail

. . . to prevail


Because of you

I’m a better me

and you'll ALWAYS be that part of me


Until you greet me someday in the heavens

promise to take care of all of your blessings


And when that day comes, my best friend

. . . my best friend

I’ll sing with joy to have you back then

cause you and I will be together again

. . . together again



We all miss you Joseph
We all miss you Joseph

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epigramman 6 years ago

..... you are the prettiest most enduring poetic flower here at the Hub for writing something this epic - this profound - this sweet - and this is true - because the truth is found here in someone as unique as you!!!


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Fossillady 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Your kind words are deeply appreciated more than you know! Thank you Epigramman


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w3onset 5 years ago from Egypt

Thank you for sharing these Pretty impressive words,

voted up and beautiful!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you so much w3onset


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badegg 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

Very nice. I could feel your sorrow for your lost spouse. Your words were like an iron hand in a velvet glove.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you badegg! I understand the meaning of your words as you put it so beautifully.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Oh Fossillady, what a truly Beautiful, Beautiful Tribute to the one you Lost, but Loved so well...I do believe you will see him once again...when it's time. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt thoughts in such a rich and rewarding read. LOL.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

b. you are a very understanding lady, i'm so very glad i met you on the hub! your kind comments are felt deeply and comforting! bless you


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Hi Fossillady,

You write so beautifully through your pain. My heart aches for you, as you so poignantly expressed your longing for your husband. I hope your journey brings you to a place where the sun warms your soul and the memories of your husband can make you smile, even if it is for brief periods of time. Thinking of you and wishing you easier times ahead.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Your kind thoughts are so very warming! I am smiling right now thinking of your words and thinking of my Joe too! Thank you, it means a lot to me!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Fossillady, I published a hub today inspired by your poems and spoke of your inspiration, I hope you don't mind . This is a beautiful tribute o a loved one , I just couldn't let it go! Beautiful writing.!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Wow, horseback, I greatly appreciate it. It means a great deal to me!


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Beberlee 5 years ago from Philadelphia

great poem .. Lot of comments to :)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Beberlee, he was my best friend and still is on the other side!


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Believes 5 years ago from Midwest USA

My husband who also was my best friend, he went to be with the Lord July 16, 2009. Lovely poem..I understand the longing for my best friend too. This was a loving tribute to your husband..


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for stopping by Believes, I'm very sorry to learn of your husband's passing. My Joe passed November 13, 2009. I think about him all the time and tell him everyday I love him! How are you doing these days? Has it gotten any easier for you? You'll be in my prayers.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Oh, the longing, just for a moment, just for a smile. A beautiful poem from the depths of your soul. Your husband is beside you every minute of the day, I am sure.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Your fine comment means a great deal to me Fennelseed! Thank you so much for the warm thoughts!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This was an extra poignant read today as I am missing someone whose love can never be forgotten or lessened by absence. It is a lovely and touching poem filled with hope and faith in the future. Thank you.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I'm so sorry to hear that Hyphenbird and I hope love returns to your life sooner than later! My best wishes to you


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Well, what can I say, other than can and do understand this. Blessings form northern, Michigan.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hello Cam, thank you for coming here, it's been a while since I've visited this hub as it always brings tears. I'm so sorry to hear about your wife's passing. I think I read somewhere you were together 24 years. .. that's a long time isn't it. Seems we have much in common, first and foremost having lost a spouse which turns your world upside down. I see you like photography and rock and fossils. That's so cool your wife was an Earth Science teacher. I hope you know she is close to you in spirit and probably tries to get your attention intuitively. My Joseph lets me know in his ways. It's been three years now for me and the pain has subsided, but I'm still waiting for the day when I can think about him and just smile without that feeling of void other's have described.

So glad to have met you here . . . Epi sent me over to your site. He likes to introduce people and he's usually spot on . . . hee. Look forward to getting to know you further here on the hub. Take care, Kathi :O)

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