93-year-old Bob Lowe from Hampshire, England wrote a poem, entitled, “Ode To Kath” dedicated to his late wife of 65 years who died 3 years ago. His poem originally found an audience on The Silver Line, a website/helpline for older people suffering from loneliness.
Bob wrote on the website: “But more to the point 72 years since we first kissed… and she waited throughout the war for me and I for her.” The Silver Line sees Bob as a “champion in his community”, and his poem has provided comfort and hope to the elderly folks who are going through the struggles of being alone.
Bob went on BBC Radio 5 to read his poem, inspiring thousands throughout the world. When you read it, you’ll understand.
Ode To Kath
The Silver Line
I am alone, now I know it’s true
There was a time when we were two
Those were the days when we would chat
Doing little jobs of this and that
We’d go to the shops and select our meals
But now I’m one I know how it feels
To try and cook or have meals on wheels
The rooms are empty there’s not a sound
Sometimes I’m lost and wander round
To look for jobs that I can do
To bring back the days when we were two
When darkness falls and curtains drawn
That’s when I feel most forlorn
But I must be honest and tell the truth
I’m not quite alone and here’s the proof
Because beside me in her chair
She quietly waits our time to share
Kath said to me some time ago
Darling when the time comes for us to go
Let’s mix our ashes and be together
So we can snuggle up for ever and ever.
Via Silver Line