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Victor Buhagiar Avatar Victor Buhagiar - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem of the day entitled On the Death of My Wife Lilian which was written by poet Victor Buhagiar.


On the Death of My Wife Lilian

From the brow of the hill
I could see clearly the panorama
Beneath me.  Worried I saw from afar a farmer
Scythe in hand reaping the crops
In far off fields full of tall grass.
It was not the farmer who interested me.
It was my wife, a marriage of forty seven years.
I saw her hobbling down an uneven path,
Her body bloated with disease.
She never looked back.
Strange I thought,
There were no birds around.
Only profound silence.
Arriving at a crossroad, 
Without hesitation
She took the right narrow trail.

My heart thundered in pain.
I knew what was in her mind.
Incautiously she arrived at a bridge.
Thick fog covered the other side 
An extension that led to unknown worlds.
Head straight but body limping
She dragged herself over.

Helpless I looked on till she disappeared.
Disconsolate I sat down on a stone.
She had suffered enough. She will now rest forever.
But I?  Will I find some salutary rest?
I felt the pain of separation.
From afar a bell chimed an Ave Maria.



POTD 26 February 2017

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  1. Date: 2/27/2017 3:25:00 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, Victor. A beautiful tribute. T.J

  1. Date: 2/27/2017 2:05:00 AM

    A beautiful poem. Congratulations on POTD well and truly deserved with this one.

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 4:44:00 PM

    I write sad poems every now and then, but being as young as I am at nineteen, I invent scenarios because hardly anything has happened to me. I realize now I can never truly invoke such feelings unless I experience something. One should also know, too, that the saddest moments, as depicted here, can only be a result of something extremely happy happening beforehand. In this case, marriage. Fantastic poem, one of my new favorites.

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 3:50:00 PM

    In life she had a very kind husband. Take comfort that she is so loved so no regrets. May you find peace.

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 1:19:00 PM

    i weep as i read this because everything expressed here is filled with all that is you-- honest, loving, spiritual... victor, lilian lives in you.. keep the faith and cheers for a well deserved POTD.. huggs

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 10:59:00 AM

    profoundly heartbreaking poetry here Victor. if it was fiction, it would still be a winner. Knowing as we do that it is not makes this the poem of the year. a fave for me, though with sadness i embrace it...

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 10:55:00 AM

    ...much love Victor, Congratulations on POTD :-)

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 9:21:00 AM

    Victor, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your wife through all the lovely poems you have written. This is so moving. God Bless!

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 9:13:00 AM

    A wonderful place for this poem to be "POTD" Hugs Eve

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 8:42:00 AM

    Profound Loss Profound Poetry and yet a blessed vision to witness Much Love, Victor

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 8:31:00 AM

    What a moving tribute. You gave your loss beautiful words. Congrats on POTD, and blessings.

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 7:57:00 AM

    Congratulations on POTD honors, Victor. God bless!

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 7:16:00 AM

    Victor , May His grace be with you. g

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 7:11:00 AM

    Very deep and sad Victor, a great tribute, I am sorry and beyond words for your loss. I too am going through a difficult time with my girl in the hospital, my prayers our with you and your family.All the best.

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 3:41:00 AM

    I am so happy to see your lovely tribute to your wife honored with POTD Victor. Congratulations and blessings my friend. Love, Connie

    Buhagiar Avatar Victor Buhagiar Date: 2/26/2017 3:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Connie. You are always a friend.
  1. Date: 2/26/2017 2:48:00 AM

    Beautiful, profound words, that made me cry with you; tears of joy that your wife is no longer suffering and mournful tears for you as you grieve at the passing of your beloved. I offer you and your family my love and prayers at this sad time. God Bless x

  1. Date: 2/26/2017 2:27:00 AM

    You have so beautifully expressed your love for your wife and your faith can be felt in every heartfelt line of your poem, Victor. Knowing that she is at peace, I pray helps you through your grief. Thank you for sharing these words and the beautiful picture of Lilian. God bless you and your family, Rhonda

  1. Date: 2/25/2017 9:36:00 PM

    May God bless her. RIP.

  1. Date: 2/25/2017 8:49:00 PM

    My heart aches with the profound words you have written for your beloved wife. God bless you and your family.. my prayers are with you...

  1. Date: 2/25/2017 6:52:00 PM

    Victor, this is a beautiful metaphor for the ending of her life and the stoic way that you must stay behind , though "disconsolate." Superb writing, my friend. The writing will keep you sane. You have much inside you to keep showing us with your beautiful words. God bless you.

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