“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Monday, August 5, 2013

Leaving for a While

our reality
two seriously ill at home
a challenging time

a case of two halves
equaling less than a whole
life gets difficult

alternating both
care giving and receiving
we struggle badly

so we roll along
finding some joy where we can
not letting pain rule

but now my dear friends
I take a leave of absence
until stress lightens


Judy at Peace Be With You said...

It is with sadness that I bid farewell for a while. I have said before that this blog is a great safety valve for my pressure cooker life, which includes dealing with my MS, a seriously ill husband, and multiple family losses. Unfortunately, as those pressures continue to mount, the blog as safety valve is no longer effective. Instead, the responsibility of maintaining the blog threatens to become yet one more burden to bear. In an effort to lighten my stress, I am releasing my beloved blog for a while. If possible, I will continue to visit your blogs and comment, but I will not be posting new poems for a while. As always, I thank you for your generous support and friendship.

Mary Gerdt said...

So sorry. Please write me if there is anything I can do to help. Your haiku is my daily inspiration. Your health and happiness are paramount. Best wishes, mary

Josè Antonio said...

I still here always for a while..... if you want in my poor english lenguages or on my poor own lenguages.

Thanks for your words, Judy. Always in my heart.

Muffie said...

Take the time you need. I continue with prayers and good thoughts for you and your husband. For now, I'll re-read some of your older poems.

Karen said...

Judy - Peace be with You, also. 14 years after my MS diagnosis, my late husband was dx'd with end-stage prostate cancer. Just trying to get through each day was an ordeal so I empathize with troubles that can come in two's. Know that prayers are being sent you way. Karen

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I am so sorry that you have so many stresses...I find it devastating when my hubs gets sick so I hope he feels better. I understand the blog, it is work for me sometimes

Karen said...

I am so sorry you and your husband are having such a hard time Judy. I will miss your poems. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

Gail said...

HI JUDY - I understand. I am here and will hold you and yours in daily prayer.
Love Gail

Anonyms said...

Thank you for every thought, feeling and emotion your words have invoked inside me. They have created a moment in my life where I am not completely alone with MS that I can return to.
I wish you the best.
Take care.

xaidw B said...

Life is overwhelming all too often, no matter how we try to manage it. My heart goes out to you.

The Wheelchair Kamikaze said...

Judy, my thoughts and well wishes are with you.

I understand completely how maintaining a blog can be at once both a release and a responsibility. I've recently cut back on my blogging a bit, as well. Perhaps the inspiration to write a poem will strike occasionally, and you can post at such times until you are ready to resume a more regular schedule.

Rest assured, we will be here reading whenever the Muses give you a poke…

Thanks for all of the work you put in, and for the beauty and truth that have graced your pages.

XO Marc

Diane J Standiford said...

It really is hard most days now. I have had much joy from your blog and all of your poems. I thank you and wish you only the best.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Mary, Josè Antonio, Muff, Karen, Kim, Karen, Gail, Anonyms, Xaidw, Marc, Diane, I know you will all understand my responding in a global fashion. I appreciate every single one of your comments and the generous support they represent. I have read and reread them again and again, each time gaining strength and resolve to carry on. You are wonderful friends, the best support community one could ever have. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.