Many years ago we met, and we began to date.
Our love grew by leaps and bounds; this seemed to be our fate.
There was some difference in our ages, but we really didnít care.
We had so much in common; many things that we did share.
We plowed and tilled a garden, and planted lots of things.
Then we canned the harvest; we lived like we were kings.
We worked together side by side to cut and split our firewood.
Some people thought it was hard work, but for us it was just feeling good.
We bought ourselves a camper and put it in a campground.
We sat around the campfire with the many friends we found.
Then we got a couple mopeds, and on the back roads we did ride.
We had a lot of fun that year; our joy was hard to hide.
We decided that we needed something that was bigger than a ďfiftyĒ.
I didnít want to spend a lot, since I was always thrifty.
We found a couple used bikes and it didnít take me long,
To realize that we were hooked and nothing could go wrong.
We did a lot of riding, just as much as we could.
It really was exciting; I didnít know it would feel so good.
We finally got some newer bikes and we rode them all around.
We really had a lot of fun and our pleasure did abound.
Last summer it was so hot and the humidity was high.
We didnít really ride that much; we had to stay inside.
This summer was some cooler, but the air was always damp.
We didnít ride at all this year; it wasnít even good to camp.
Budís lungs were getting weaker; many times to the hospital we went.
I always hated to leave him there; so much time together we spent.
After he was in the hospital a total of five and a half weeks,
I got to bring him home again, amid the valleys and the peaks.
I vowed that I would stay with him, no matter what it would take.
I wasnít leaving him with strangers; for mine as well as his sake.
I was right there when the end came, but he never made a sound.
The man was setting up the bed and then I turned around.
I realized that he was gone and I thought my heart would break.
I didnít want to lose him yet; but that was just for my sake.
For he had already suffered more than any man should have to.
It had been so hard to watch him struggle just to breathe like me or you.
Iím really going to miss him; I wish he were still with me.
But someday weíll be together and his face again Iíll see.
Until then Iíll have to manage; somehow get by on my own.
But with all my family and friends I wonít truly be alone.
Theyíll help me to get through this and start living once again.
But they can never take away my loss or completely ease my pain.
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