If I could have you back for one day – A Poem

If I could have you back for one day…

I’d hold you and never let go.
I’d bask in your love
I’d dance in your arms
And tell you that I love you so.

I’ll ask you to tell me stories
Just to hear your deep voice again
It’s been so awfully quiet
Without you here…

And then…

I’ll lie in bed cuddling you close
My head on your broad, muscled chest,
Listening to your rhythmic heartbeat
Relishing your warmth as we rest.

I’ll whisper how much I love you,
As I trace every line on your face
And sense how perfect the world is
Now that you’re back in your place.

I’ll nuzzle your neck and kiss you
And entwine my legs with yours
I’ll soak you in
I’ll feel your love

And be at peace once more.

You’ll tell me that you’ll never leave me
Even though we’ll both know that’s not true.
Just give me one day to pretend
That I’ll spend my whole life with you.

To Richard Kevin Palmer


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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