Following my separation time passed. I kept myself busy but others watching me were worried. I was not to know that until one day, a woman who had been watching started talking to me. We went for a cup of coffee then a drink at a bar. During our conversation, she told me to keep my chin up. Then she said, "Just don't you quit." It was her way of telling me that those around me were watching and were worried. I went home later and wrote this poem for her. At the time I believed she was in a relationship, but I was to find out later she was also separated, so probably understood what I had been through.
JUST DON'T YOU QUIT
My meaning of life had fallen apart
She had left and deceived like a work of art
In my sorrow and bliss, there was little to say
But alas for Sue's act of the 29th day
Then from out of the blue on one dim dark night
Came this special thing like a flash of light
T'was the smile I saw - and then the touch
This wonderful person was just too much
And as she talked she turned to see
She turned around and she looked at me
Those glum dark thoughts just drifted away
Removed the pain. She made my day
And I write this little sonnet
And hope that she gets some joy from it
To repay for the pain she had taken away
Because of her touch on that special day
And as I sit and this poem I write
I hear the quiet in the dead of night
And wish I could feel that light-fingered touch
The thought of it gives me ever so much
And when I was down for the world to see
She'd just be around and she'd talk to me
She'd say it's not bad it'll go away
And just "DON'T YOU QUIT" was what she'd say
The meaning of life will soon return
Much quicker I know for soon I'll learn
The value of all things mighty and fair
Because of the time that we had to share.
And soon she will go - she'll be taken away
But the pleasure and thoughts their mine here to stay
I wish her good luck - "be a good happy wife"
She would be I know if she'd share my life.
Post note: Today that lady is my partner and I expect she will until the day I die.