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Below is the poem entitled ODE TO FRAN which was written by poet Leonard Kleeman. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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My wife, Fran, passed away on May 8, 2012.  I wrote this (my first piece in about 50 years) to say at her funeral.  I could not because I broke up too much. I then decided to write a few poems and include the Ode in the booklet.

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I had to wait
Until I could write
Without shedding a tear
But, alas, that time will never come.

I hear a noise
I look around, she won’t be there
She won’t return
I have to accept 
The finality of her death.

She was everyone’s friend
She loved people and 
People loved her in return 
Strangers would talk to her
No matter where
As if they knew her for eternity.

Her family always came first
No matter the pain she felt 
She had a need 
To keep pain to herself
She did not want to worry us.

She made my life whole
She gave me two wonderful children
And she always gave of herself
She was a bright, caring, compassionate soul.

We loved each other
Without ever a doubt
 We made each other happy
We were a good, complete couple.
Now my loving partner is gone
She will not return
I have to accept 
The finality of her death.

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  1. Date: 4/27/2014 12:01:00 PM
    Oh such a heartbreaking write am so pleased I found it on the home page. My thoughts are with you. Hugs Jan x

  1. Date: 4/27/2014 2:33:00 AM
    Leonard... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. Goodnight poet friend <3 =LINDA

  1. Date: 5/4/2013 8:45:00 PM
    Hi Leonard, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, Yes the acceptance of it is so surreal, it is so ridiculously hard to do...I lost my wife May 23rd of last year (she was just 46) and I am still struggling emotionally like it happened yesterday although I am moving forward in other ways...I wish you strength on your journey. If you ever need to talk you can soup mail me. If you want check out my poem "Grief Is Grief is Not"Take care my friend.