A Charmed Life – A Poem


I know that I am fortunate
I have a lovely life
I’m happy and I’m healthy
And have very little strife
[I miss you]

I’ve got a home to keep me safe
A pantry that is full
So much to keep me occupied
My life is never dull
[I miss you so much]

A family who loves me
And friends whom I hold dear
Keep me from being lonely
There’s always someone near
[I miss holding you]

I have a dozen hobbies
And irons in the fire
My career is so rewarding
That I’m not sure I’ll retire
[I miss you all the time]

I’m out with friends most every night
My calendar is brimming
I keep myself so busy
My head is often swimming
[I miss talking with you]

My vision board has overflowed
With things I want to do
I’ve worked and dreamed up plans to fill
A future without you
[I miss your smile]

There’s really nothing I could want
My life just can’t be beat
But without you beside me
It will never feel complete
[I love you]

About the author

Katherine Billings Palmer is a technical writer, poet, and essayist from Garden City, Michigan. She’s won several academic writing awards, including first place in the University of Michigan Dearborn Critical Essay Contest for her work about poet John Donne: “‘The Sun Rising’: A Lover’s Boast.”

In 2017, Katherine’s husband, Rick, died of complications from small cell lung cancer. She wrote a series of poems and essays about her struggles to cope with her grief. I Wanted to Grow Old With You is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

Her latest book, A Widow’s Words: Grief, Reflection, Prose, and Poetry – The First Year was published in January 2019 and is also available on Amazon.com.

Katherine is a guest blogger for the Hope for Widows Foundation and writes about her grief journey at www.TheWritingWidow.com.

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