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All of Time...

Updated on February 7, 2014

All of time

had just seem to melt,

he took hold of his wife’s hand,

how lifeless her skin felt,

as he fingered his wedding band,

tears blossomed,

they were married for over sixty years,

and that forever was God’s test,

trying to fight back the tears,

he was doing his best,

he kissed her,

and put her hand on his chest,

cold palm, no heat,

but together they would listen

to a single heart beat,

his face wet,

and he remembered when they first met,

they were poor,

but love was their wealth,

together, forever,

in sickness and in health...

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© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

      Thanks Jo, looks like one of my older poems are getting views..LOL

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      Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

      hey good to see you again fpherj48 :)

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      Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

      thank you shyron for reading one of my older pieces.. :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 11 months ago

      This is so beautiful. This is what Love and a marriage is all about.

      After 60+ years, they maybe parted in this life, but soon they reunite one day. I have heard that sometimes when a spouse passes on.

      The living spouse wills him/herself to join the other in a span of time as a few days, weeks or months because of the deep loss and grief over losing the love of their life.

      Brilliant, moving and exceptional! Just like the Author.

      Really enjoyed reading this.

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      Paula 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Too sad. My heart is breaking.....:(

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Frank, this is a beautiful poem, and you a wonderful poet

      You touched my heart

      And made me cry

      I thought of my love

      If he should die

      I would grieve the life right out of me....

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      Blessings and hugs dear friend

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      Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

      bless you dear Faith and happy Labor day to you and your family :)

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      Faith Reaper 11 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Frank,

      Came back to read my favorite poem by you. This one is the best of the best!

      Happy Labor Day weekend ...Hooray for a long weekend with no labor!

      Blessings

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      Susan Ream 2 years ago from Michigan

      frank, this writing created tears to blossom in my own eyes. Touched my heart. The faithfulness of long term marriage is rare today - but it still lives and is a testament of the faithfulness of God.

      Thank you for a piece of writing the touches the heart.

      God Bless,

      Mekenzie

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Faith you are just way too sweet...bless you.. and Phyllis Doyle thank you for stopping by good to see you :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Faith you are just way too sweet...bless you.. and Phyllis Doyle thank you for stopping by good to see you :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very beautiful, Frank. I love this side of your writing talent. Your words make a visual image of the old man bidding his wife farewell - so tender, so gentle and loving.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Aweee ... this is the most beautiful poem ever, dear Frank! Wow, I missed out three years ago on reading this, as I guess I may have just joined HP then. I don't know why I am surprised at such beautiful words from you ...maybe there's no violence involved : ). This one takes one's breath away and certainly pulls tears.

      God bless you real good

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you asma...:) Frank

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      asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

      A realistic expression.And i find it simple with the depth of sea.Thanks for sharing.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks alex

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      lovely piece of poetry...loved it...i voted up as well

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Rahul I have to visit some of your writings my friend

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Beautiful words Frank! Love is immortal... it will remain in richness in poverty.. in sickness and health .. in life and in death!

      Very moving and soulful poetry!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much V :)

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      Vidya Mallar 5 years ago from India

      Physical form dies... but the soul remains with us and also the sweetest memories of togetherness... Frank, This poem is really painful to read, yet a hearty tribute to one loved so dearly.... Thank you for the share..

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much sunnie day

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub Frank. Sad and moving, right to the heart.

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      aaawww thanks Sannel :)

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Brilliant work Frank! Your sad and tender words moved me to tears. Simply perfect! You are so good in this, wow. . .

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Moms--thank you so much you are the best :)

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome as usual Frank. 60 years, what a blessing. It's what I once looked forward too.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Phoebe :)

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      Beautiful piece. This one spoke on so many levels... an incredible work. Sheer perfection. How are you going to top a piece like this?

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for the revisit to this page Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      So lovely Frank! This just flows out of you!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Dark and so lovely :)

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      Annie 5 years ago from NewYork

      another great write. keep on writing

      I am enjoying it

      one love

      annie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      yeah.. hardly LOL thanks for the visit Cape :)

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      Hmmmmmmmm..... Frank the love doctor........ Nice... Nice

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks shim dawn :)

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Frank, This one is the best.. so beautiful. I enjoyed the emotions convey so subtly ..Awesome! Have a blessed day! Peace.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Mad.. :)

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      Nathan K 5 years ago from Kansas

      Wow... thats sad and beautiful

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Sus thanks for stoping by :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      "they were poor,

      but love was their wealth,

      together, forever,

      in sickness and in health."

      Simply beautiful. I think this is the kind of love we all hope for.

      Voted up and away!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Secret :)

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      Secret lies 5 years ago from Redlands California

      This is absolutely gorgeous. I at times look at what love might be after so long. Would I always cherish the moments and hold onto yesterday as close as my heart? Beautifully written and felt. Voted way up and beautiful.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Kat for the visit :)

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Oh Frank, this is so sad, poignant, tender, just beautiful... So well written. Well done.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Epi.. I don't think I know who Sannel is but if she is a friend of yours I'm on the band-wagon.. your face-book page tried to get on had some problems with it :( hmm.. and thanks for the vote .. it is you that teach me.. thanks so much..:) Frank..

      And Capedium thanks for stopping by I hope you get you juice.. bless you man I'll hop over and return the read favor Peace.. everywhere not just in the Middle East..

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      Wow!.. Today I was going to publish a Hub.. Where can we find satisfaction..?? Before I was told that my poems where being stolen, and I lost my writing juice..

      I guess what am trying to say is that, this Hub is a perfect answer to that question... True love.. Love that survives.. A love that is without spot.. A love that continues to grow.. A love that is as this..

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..I cried through this one Frank just now - you are one of the best poets I know - you inspire me and teach me also - we have similar styles - lean and great use of words in economy - but still tell a story and this is one of the best pieces I have ever read here at the Hub - period. I will share this with my FB music/cinema group Let's just talk music or cinema - I have invited to our group I believe and I will invite you once again - it would be a honor and a thrill to have you there - sending warm wishes and good energy to you from lake erie time 8:24am p.s. as a footnote our mutual friend Sannel had her 2nd poem unpublished by the Hub - let's root for her to get it back on in one piece as intended - whatever happened to free speech?

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much ACae...:)

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      To have a long lasting love such as this is so magical. I hope the love that I have for my husband and he for me will last until our last breath and then beyond. Great poem, voting up and pressing those buttons too.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much rosemay and gang :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Awesome, sad, tender, simply exquisite. Bring memories of my grandparents and a tear.

      You have my vote :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      bless you PHDAST7 .. thanks for reading my all of time

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Quite sad. So very moving that their love endured for sixty years. In this day and age that so seldom happens. What a gift and blessing to grow old together.

      A lovely, lovely poem, Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Martie C :) Frank

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Frank, this is truly beautiful! I am in awe of men who love their woman deeply and sincerely.

      Voted up and awesome :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much jinny.. and anonymous and you too VG for your wonderful comments bless you guys :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      ...and she will be living in his memory until he dies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A real tearjerker Frank! Beautiful.

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      JinnyMarte 5 years ago

      Wow this is so sweet and moving. Frank this is filled with sensitivity and such a deep feeling... Really liked it...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Ruch for your comment... Im glad you read this.. and Sava.. Writer's block.. you forgot the word head.. Writer's block head! Yes one uped you.. but you look to me like you can't be kept down.. where is that crow-bar I might just have to help you stay down..:)

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      I think this might be my favorite of yours. It was such sweet sorrow. Sad yet so beautiful. I love the way you started with death then ended with beautiful reflections. Very nicely done. You definitely one upped me with this one. (Of course I've got writer's block right now..lol)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      gosh...this one made me sad :( but, it's true...we gotta part and this sad day gonna come.

      thumbs up..frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Beautiful, beautiful write Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much thelyricwriter and thank you too Leann bless you both :) Frank

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      Sad, but beautiful

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, and beautiful Frank. A strong reminder what we all must face one day. I just hope I look back with the same emotion as this poem. Another great one Frank. Take care.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for reading justateacher..bless you.. and when it comes to beautiful Our Ms Brooks.. just glance into the mirror..:) yeah? and Sky thanks for stopping by.. see that's poetic right? LOL bless you all

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      I enjoyed this one not too many these days , but it reminded me of my parents.

      As this beautiful plot thickens, and my time draws, to a wonderful close. Keep them coming , they are hitting home .

      Bless brethren Frank.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      OHHH Frank.,. you regally know how to make a girl cry.. such beautiful words.. from a wonderful man.

      Voted way up my dear

      Debbie

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Pulls the heartstrings and reminds me of when my mom passed and how my dad reacted ...made me cry ...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      aaawww thank you Senoritaa and Cimone A Bilue

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      Cimone A Billue 5 years ago from Syracuse, New York

      Seriously you made me cry this is so beautiful!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      That almost made me cry! So real the words seem!!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Eddy for being so supportive bless you :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Truly beautiful words Frank;as always they flow on effortlessly.

      Thanks for sharing;take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.