This 93-Year-Old Man's Poem for His Late Wife of 65 Years Will Break Your Heart

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Go get yourself a tissue. You’re going to need it.
Bob Lowe, a 93-year-old British vet who lives in Hampshire, U.K., lost his wife, Kath, three months ago. The two were married for over 65 years. On Monday, Bob read a poem he wrote for Kath on the BBC's Radio 5 live. It’s beautiful:
“Ode to Kath”I am alone, now I know it’s trueThere was a time when we were twoThose were the days when we would chatDoing little jobs of this and thatWe’d go to the shops and select our mealsBut now I’m one I know how it feelsTo try and cook or have meals on wheelsThe rooms are empty there’s not a soundSometimes I’m lost and wander roundTo look for jobs that I can doTo bring back the days when we were twoWhen darkness falls and curtains drawnThat’s when I feel most forlornBut I must be honest and tell the truthI’m not quite alone and here’s the proofBecause beside me in her chairShe quietly waits our time to shareKath said to me some time agoDarling when the time comes for us to goLet’s mix our ashes and be togetherSo we can snuggle up forever and ever.
You can listen to Bob read the poem here:
Bob appeared on Radio 5 live to promote The Silver Line, a hotline for older people suffering from loneliness. “My wife died three months ago after 65 years of marriage, but more to the point 72 years since we first kissed,” Bob says on The Silver Line’s website. “And she waited throughout the war for me and I for her...Loneliness, tell me about it.”
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