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Hand in Hand Forever

Updated on May 24, 2011

Hand in Hand Forever

He made a promise
that he meant to keep
but the price to pay
was way too steep.
The day she died
his heart died too...
and on that day,
life went askew.

They'd made a pact,
each swore an oath...
Where one may go,
there'd journey both,
and nothing could
keep them apart,
for both were halves
of one true heart.

The promise was
to love again
if death should come
for one, and then,
leave the other
in its wake...
To love, once more,
for living's sake.

But life went not
as they had planned,
And alone, he stood
with empty hand.
He knew not how
to live this life
without his dear,
beloved wife.

And could not bare
a single thought
of any heart
but the one love brought.
Childhood sweethearts,
sixty years...
wed and welded
by laughter and tears.

His heart had died
and all was lost...
He could not pay
the promise cost.
And so he left
a hand-penned note
and pinned it to
his wool spun coat.

In tears and ink
he said goodbyes...
appealed to all to
sought forgiveness
for his deed.
Then, with spleen,
he did proceed...

He put the gun up
to his head...
The neighbors found
the couple dead.
And in his hand
he clutched her own,
for he could not face
this life alone...

They lay together,
hand in hand...
still bound by love's
eternal brand,
and left behind
a tale to tell,
of one true heart
and life loved well.



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      No_Clue 5 years ago

      Thank you, theraggededge! I appreciate your visit and great comment!

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      Bev G 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      I can hear Kate Bush singing this. Wonderfully moving.

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      No_Clue 5 years ago

      BeyondMax, thank you. It means a lot to me!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What an expressive tale of love and loss. Incredible poem, left me in awe!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Spirit Whisperer, I will check it out, Bicentennial Man. Thank you, as always, for your visit and comment, they mean alot to me!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      A beautiful poem and reminded me of Bicentennial Man if you haven't seen it I think you would like it. Thank you.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Sharyn, a joy to see you again! I am glad you liked this!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA


      I found this to be a beautiful tale of true love. Thank you for sharing!


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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      You are such an intuitive guy, bb. What a sad tale, your grandparents. I am so sorry. Yes, I can only imagine how hard it must be to lose your life partner, half of your whole, and go on...Thank you for your read and thoughtful comment! Hugs!

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Your sad poem reminded me of my grandparents. Not long after my their 70th anniversary, my grandmother died. It was rather sudden - we were all surprised, including my grandfather. She had always been there, for him, for us, and then she wasn't.

      With 5 daughters scattered along the west coast, he then spent time with each of them. They each, for a few weeks, plugged him into each of their lives, lovingly so, trying to keep him occupied, and feeling loved.

      But I remember his eyes as I periodically saw him. Behind a quiet smile, they always seemed empty, where he had always seemed so full of life and energy. He was with us, but his mind seemed elsewhere.

      He was a strong man all his life, working hard to make his life here in the states for my grandmother and the five girls, having immigrated here in '39.

      He was 97 and certainly earned the right to slow down and relax, but instead he was empty, lost, and soon after, passed in his sleep alone, and I felt, brokenhearted..

      Thanks for sharing no_ and reminding me of those two I miss so much...much luv...

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thank you, mckbirdbks, I always appreciate a visit from you!

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You weave a beautiful tapestry. Glad I stopped by.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      tillsontitan, thank you! I am thrilled at your response and appreciate your visit!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Literature Fairy, thank you, kindly! I appreciate your read and wonderful comment!

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Wow! How beautiful and sad. Greatly written. (I cried too.)Voted up.

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      Holly Jackson 6 years ago from England, UK.

      Beautiful! So moving and well expressed, and the artwork is amazing, you are very talented! x

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      star, thank you! I have missed you, and delighted that you stopped by! Lots of Love x

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Oh beautiful No-Clue. Such a lovely tribute to those one's who have withstood the challenge of a lifetime relationship. Up and awesome my friend. x

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Many thanks, MO. I do appreciate your support always! Hugs!

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      WoW, No_Clue...This is certainly a powerful write.Spoken beautifully, but sad.Yes, I do believe you nailed it! Kudos to you, my friend!Pushed all the buttons! (Hugs)


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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      CocoVonDe, I thank you for your read and wonderful comment, I so appreciate it!

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      CocoVonDe 6 years ago from Within a bottle of ink I flow

      This was truly a sad story but it was told beautifuly I couldn't have read it any better. Pleased to follow and I anticipate to read more of your art expressed in words



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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Lisa, thank you, didn't mean to make you cry but...that tells me I hit my mark. Again, thank you! Peace!

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      Lisa Stover 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Beautiful, had me crying.