Husband Death Poem

One Year Anniversary

A friend of the family passed away from a sudden heart attack. He and his wife were married 43 years. It was a shock; one moment he was laughing and the next we was gone. He was always the one who could tell a good story and brighten a room. I wrote this poem in his memory and for his wife.

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Beside Your Grave

Debra L. Brown © more by Debra L. Brown

Published by Family Friend Poems June 2019 with permission of the Author.

I left a simple rose today.
I laid it down upon your grave.
Then memories came rushing - from the past,
of our lives together; we said it would last.

I remember the time, hand in hand, we ran
through the tall grasses and warm sand.
We laughed at all of your jokes and stories.
The way you told them it was never boring.

Although it's been a year today,
my heart is sad - it won't betray.
It seems like time has been delayed -
the long cold nights and the gloomy days.

I thank God for the time we had.
My life with you was never bad.
I pray for a new dawn and sunny days,
as I stand here beside your grave.



I live in West Virginia with my husband.
History and genealogy are two subjects that I enjoy reading about.
In the early 2000s, I began writing poetry and was urged by my church's pastor
to create a poem to recite on Sunday nights.
In high school, I became interested in poetry.
When I read Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem...

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