Miles – a poem I wrote to Rick in May 1996

I wrote this poem when Rick and I had been dating for a little more than two months. He lived in Minnesota and was often in various parts of the country for his job. I sent it to him as part of an email message. He printed it and saved it, and I found it among his things.

At that early stage of our relationship, we were both already deeply in love, and knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

As I read the poem today, I realize it holds true now that he’s gone from me forever. He may be far away in fact, but I still sense him in my heart.


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

The great expanse of country
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.

Note – I decided to update the poem and posted the new version here.

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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