Radio listeners were likely brought to tears when they tuned in to BBC’s 5 Live Breakfast program Monday to hear 93-year-old Bob Lowe share a touching poem he penned for his late wife Kath, who died three years ago from Alzheimer’s disease.
The couple were married over 60 years, and in his heartbreaking poem, he reminisces on their times together then — and his loneliness now. The poem, called “Ode To Kath,” is below:
“Ode to Kath”
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.
Lowe is a supporter of British charity Silver Line, which offers a free, confidential helpline to seniors who are feeling lonely and just need someone to talk to.
The reading comes in light of recent research which says growing numbers of aging men in England face loneliness and isolation after their partners die.
Lowe says he still talks to his late wife, Kath. “At nighttimes I say, ‘goodnight.’ In the mornings I say, ‘good morning,’ and it’s a great comfort,” Lowe said on the radio show. “But I’m afraid that’s when loneliness kicks in and it hurts.”
Our hearts go out to Bob.
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