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  For Chessly: So She'll Know
by Mark M Lichterman
Sunday, December 26, 2010
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Dedicated to Chessly, so she'll know that there are many others that face similar situations.

This poem was originally posted on 1/13/10

As a side note: The alcoholic passed away nine months ago, and the lady (66) and myself (76), as we love each other, will be spending the rest of our lives together.


With but one life to live:

What does one do?

A moral answer needed.


What does one do

when the one once loved

is no longer the one that

once was loved?


When, by his own hand,

by his own choice,

the once loved

becomes one

not known?


When the one loved

for many years past,

now finds love from

only within a bottle.


When, by his choice,


far beyond his years,



The one that loved him,

that no longer knows him,

must now clean his shit,

must clean his piss,

yet is not given the right

of her life that daily is slipping by.


No longer the man she loved!


No longer the man she knew,

burdened now to spend the

moments, hours, days,

weeks, months and years

with one she no longer knows.


No longer the man she knew!

No longer the man she loved!


This woman now,

by his hand, by his choice,

burdened to spend her life

cleaning the refuse of his bowels,

the refuse of his kidneys,

struggling to lift

the weight of his besotted

body from off the floor.


 Burdened with one

she no longer loves.


Burdened with one

she no longer knows.


Burdened to spend

what time left within

her life with one

such as this,

with one such as this

that has purposely

squandered his life.


With one such as this

that has given in trade,

the love of this woman

for the love of Scotch whisky.


Burdened to spend

what time is left in her life

with one such as this,

with one such as this

that has purposely

squandered his life

when there is another

that would love her?


When there is another

that would do what

might be done to give her



When there is another

that would bring joy

into what is left of

this woman’s life.


When there is another

that would bring

renewed love

into this woman’s life.


Given one life to live:

A quandary.

A moral answer needed




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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/1/2011
No easy answers here but a happy outcome seems to have evolved. For two. - Man am I behind on reviews. Patrick
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 1/31/2011
It is so sad when wives and children have to watch as thier husband or dad drink themselves to death. Good luck to both of you
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 12/27/2010

Such a shame this has to happen to people. I feel sorry for and others that go through this, but Chessly's lucky to have you now.

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 12/26/2010
God be with Chessly. Great message.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 12/26/2010
Wow, Mark! Your poem has such a central message, reflected with great care and so much heart.
Joy and Blessings to you,
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 12/26/2010
Mark, this is so heart felt. I was such a woman at one time, but thankfully I woke up one day and said, No I am not doing this anymore and walked out of a 32 year marraige and an alcoholic husband, now ex of course. He woke up too after years of being alone and is drier, but not cured of his addiction to alcohol. His new partner is an enabler and so hence he will never completely be free of his addiction...I have three beautiful children and one grandson with another on the way and he is really missing out on such wonderful people that could bring love and light into his life..
It is a very hard life and you have chosen the most appropriate way of delivering a message.
Thank you for this amazing poem!
I love Chessley and I pray she finds peace, love and light,
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