grief poem

To Rick (formerly “Miles” – revised)

To Rick

Distance cannot stop my love
From seeking your heart’s strings.
Our souls communicate past death,
And mine to yours still sings.

The great expanse of heavens
Can’t keep our love apart.
For still I feel you near me;
I sense you in my heart.

My mind’s eye beckons you at will.
I see you in my dreams at night.
I hold you in my fantasies
And feel your kiss at morning’s light.

You may be far away in fact,
And for your touch my body yearns,
But in my soul, I hold you close,
And love you with a force that burns.

March 4, 2018

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

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

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