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  I Sit Alone and Cry
by Richard Lee Orey
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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The heartache of losing your soul mate of a lifetime





           I Sit Alone and Cry
                                  (Recitation by Richard Lee Orey)

                 (O, yesterday the moment came
                   I feared so many years
                   Our time as one has run its course
                   My heart now filled with tears)
                   We were barely in our teens
                   When your love came dancing in
                   With your warm and gentle smile
                    And your silly little grin

                   Your tender love changed everything
                   Bringing me your light
                    I watched you every moment of the day
                    And dreamed of you all night


                But now my heart is broken
                Your last breath a simple sigh
                While life goes on around me
                And I sit alone and cry

                    There never was another like you 
                     In sharing a sensitive touch
                     And maybe I adored you
                     And loved you far too much

                     I wanted only to catch your tears
                     With an understanding heart
                      I never thought there’d come a time
                     When we might ever part

                    But now my heart is broken
                               Your last breath a simple sigh
                               While life goes on around me
                               And I sit alone and cry

                        But only tender souls may touch
                        In magic born of heart
                        And know God’s time will come for us
                        When we’ll never ever part

                         For God’s hand gave us harmony
                         And hope in Evermore
                         While your dying whisper promised me
                          I’ll wait at Heaven’s door

                                  But now my heart is broken
                                  Your last breath a simple sigh
                                  While life goes on around me
                                   And I sit alone and cry

                                   While life goes on around me
                                    And I sit alone and cry

                                                       Richard Lee Orey
                                                       Copyright 2010


                                                                                  (Music:  Shadows/Ottmar Liebert)  


                      “I Sit Alone and Cry” was written from the perspective of being 77 years old and married to the same woman for 58 years, 
                       the same woman that has been my friend and lover since we were each only 14 years old.  In time, we grew up together 
                       and shared having children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  

                       Few if any readers can possibly understand emotionally the extraordinary closeness and connection with another person 
                       that develops over such a long lifetime of sharing intimacies and the vicissitudes of life, even while many of you perhaps 
                       have parents whose lives somewhat mirror this experience.  Truly, I believe it is a human relationship that requires one to 
                       have “lived it” to appreciate the dramatic life-melding dynamics of such a relationship.

                       To set the record straight, we are still two living people.  But our daily life cannot avoid the fact that in the somewhat near 
                       future, one of us will surely know the pain of such earthly separation.  And let me confess that I had to record my recitation 
                       three times before I was able to finish the reading without openly crying.

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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 9/5/2014
This is a very touching poem and it really hits home. You are very lucky to still have your wife. Cherish and fill the time you have left with her. Write about your lives and things you have done , so it can be passed on to your family. If we don't tell them, it all will be lost when you are gone....M
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 9/5/2013

I was so touched by this and am in tears this minute. Your poetry is positively beautiful and heartbreaking. It also reminds us to look at the person we're with and not take them for granted, especially now that we're both getting older. Thank you for this.

Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 11/11/2011
Richard..I truly and totally fathom what you are trying to express. I KNOW the FEELING but only in THEORY!
Alas, I am STILL awaiting such a love..perhaps it's meant to be in another life-time..
You are blessed indeed to have lived your love with YOUR Twin Flame.
Bless you and her for she lives within your heart, soul and are never apart THAT you are aware of..right?
Thank you for sharing that THE LOVE!

Vesna ..
Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/28/2011
You've written to my heart and soul here, Richard. This is beautiful and written with the sentiments only a true romantic can feel and understand. I can identify with your words, having had true love find me in someone I knew nearly fifty years ago. I had finally decided I didn't need love in my life, that I was and could be happy alone, enjoying my grown children and grandchildren -- then with no warning, love found me ... and I'm blessed.
Hugs to you,
Reviewed by Caroline Gerardo 4/1/2011
Richard this touches my soul. I wish you peace in your dreams of her touch. Very lovely and tender
Reviewed by Regis Schilken 2/22/2011
This is truly a lovely poem. I too am in my 70s and fret that my wife of 44 years might pass before me. I guess it isn't fair that I go first, but life would be ruined without her. Lotsa love.

Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 2/15/2011
Stirring insight, Richard. I kept thinking of my parents: they were married 67 dad went to heaven in 2008; my mom is incomplete, for she misses her beloved. Still, there is the blessed hope we have in Jesus! "When we all get to heaven, what a time of rejoicing that will be!" Beautifully written!

Abundant Blessings,
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 1/27/2011
Dear Richard your words are beyond beautiful...As you know I lost my husband and soul mate just over two years ago..We had been together since 1969..almost forty years when he died. Your poem shows me what I shall miss in those extra years we could have shared...but I am walking a different path now...and one I am adjusting to, because I have to. There will be a reuniting of hearts eventually, and that should keep us all going whatever certainly does me..I have learned to enjoy as much of this precious life as I I am sure you and your dear wife will continue to do, blissfully happy in each others company...
With love, God Bless, Diana...
Reviewed by Whitney Chamberlain (Reader) 8/26/2010
So heartbreaking to read of your love and your loss.

Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 8/20/2010
I cry as I read this beauty, the emotions, honor, love, and grace put into words, you are such a special soul, God Bless you always, Valerie
Reviewed by Melony Cooper 6/6/2010
This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Reviewed by John Domino 5/27/2010
Dear Richard,

No words can make up for your loss. I praise the Lord that you were bold enough to express your feelings in writing. The story I wrote about my wife took me 20 years to complete. After 20 years, I wrote a poem and a story, A Slice of a Short Life." You see my friend, my first wife died young from cancer. My best friend died last week, he was 88 and ready. I am happy for him because he is in a better place. My first wife went home to be with the Lord because she wanted to. She requested that she be let alone to go home. Why do we want to keep a loved one from Heaven? If they are ready for the launch into Heaven we should be so happy for them. They made it! Yes, another success bound for Heaven! In the end, it is a blessing so let us be blessed as we wait our turn. Amen my friend.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/18/2010
Reviewed by Denise Contreras 5/17/2010
Richard you touched my heart I am crying reading this. God blessed you both with a wonderful full life. I cannot even imagine how it would be to loose my husband. I know the time will come when one of us will have to live through what your living through. My heart goes out to you for your loss. I thank you for sharing this very special part of your life. What a blessing you are. Thank you
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 5/13/2010
Dear Richard, i had a hard time getting through the tears it brought to my eyes. Your words touched my soul and i do have an idea how loneliness feels. On the lighter side, a marriage like yours is so rare and i admire your devotion and loyalty to the Sacrament of Matrimony. I look forward to reading and listening to more wonderful poetry. Peace and love in Christ, my friend. Be always safe.

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/10/2010
And then, we have those that have been around for a long time searching but never finding, wishing but never been granted.
An extraordinary tribute to what you had the privilege to have, cherish, share, which give to us "others" that never saw their reflection in a mirror...that the mirror is not broken, that perhaps we were looking from the wrong angle.


PS. and for an encore..."If I go, she will be all alone" a poem, tell me what you think of it.

Reviewed by Rosetta McHugh 5/4/2010
Dear Richard, Remember, As long as you live, she lives, for your love is so strong and you and her became as one. Your poem will touch so many hearts as it makes one stop and realize what they have in their mates. In sharing your heart as you have with this poem, families, who might otherwise drift apart and take advantage of each other, will become more loving and caring as they model a great man and his lovely wife in such a dear and lasting relationship. Thank you for setting an example for a beginning author such as myself, by writing such beautiful and powerful thoughts. You are awesome!!
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 5/2/2010
This is beautiful beyond words. Thank you so much Richard, for suggesting it to me. I was happy to read that you and your high school sweetheart are still together.

Blessings to you,
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 4/28/2010
I am so saddened by these "treasured and intense feelings of truth you experience Rich, and for hers!!!!, Oh My Rich, I didn't know...
YOUR WORDS, YOU and YOUR LOVE are totally amazing, the STRONG undying "cherished" Love that you hold dear in your heart, could "NEVER" be compared! YOUR heart knows and hers does too! This is so sad and loving a poem, I don't know what to say...
My heart goes out out to the strength I feel in you BOTH!
Hang in and TREASURE those loving, lasting, Loving memories!
"I Sit Alone and Cry" brings such warmth of memories of aging and "truly" Loving that some have no idea of! and that alone is SAD!
Be Blessed and Stay Strong!
As age takes our hearts, it can't take our SOULS!
Eternal it stays!

Love, Hugs and Blessings, Sheeeoxxooo
God has Miracles and he does share em'!
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 4/28/2010
My darling friend, you are blessed to have experience such a love for so long. I want to follow in your footsteps and in the footsteps of those who never gave up and found out what true love is all about, only time can reveal that. Your voice and the emotions it evoked pierced my heart...what a darling man you are!
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 4/25/2010
Oh, Richard. I have never read anything more touching.
B e a u t i f u l. Shows you haven't really lost each other. Magic
still there!!
My Ray is in his 80's now. . .never mind. Already about to cry!
Thank you for sharing this deeply inspiring and wonderfully romantic ode. S h e loves it, I know. [Present tense intended.]
Hope your roses are doing well, and you still enjoy boating.
Forever and a Day,

Reviewed by Inspire Hope 4/24/2010
Dear, Dear Richard this is so heartfelt...."I Sit Alone and Cry" for just these thoughts alone make me weep, yet I am inclined to think what an excellent masterpiece to prepare one for that day! What a testament of a beautiful loving relationship, that generations to come will emulate. Yes Richard I really appreciate and am thankful to have the honor of reading such an excellent and powerfully written poem! I pray that God will give you and your wife still many more years together!

Much Love,

P.S. It is always a joy to hear from you!
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 4/24/2010
Richard, I confess, I read this poem once, and then had to return to it a couple of days later to want to review it because inside, I was weeping for you, and, in advance, for me, too. It is a great poem, a masterpiece of who you are at heart, but also so relateable to everyone who reads it.Your poetic repetitions are perfect. I am happy to learn from your explanation that you have time for further cherishing of each other in this life. But such love doesn't die after this life, I will never believe, because it is part of the character of what we are, and what we are in reality determines what we become, whether here or there. You are a master poet, and your subjects reflect what you must mean to your family. I hope you don't mind, but I will leave you with my own personal prayer-----Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, forgive me a sinner of my many shortcomings, and grant that my friend, Richard Orey, come to you to know your love, and to know that he is blessed in this life and the next with the mate you gave him. Please, Lord, lift from his heart, and my heart, too, the dread of the spectre of death. Amen.---In all peace and respect to you Richard, your friend, Jerry.
Reviewed by Stephanierose Albach 4/22/2010
"For God’s hand gave us harmony, And hope in Evermore, While your dying whisper promised me, I’ll wait at Heaven’s door..." this stanza brought tears to my eyes. this is so emotional. wonderful
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/17/2010
Richard this poem brought tears to my eyes
As I often think of this topic
I wonder if I could cope with such deep pain
The more I keep looking at my husband
The more I pray to God
God if you’re going to call upon one of us please call upon me first
For I do not want to be left in this world alone without
My eternal soul mate confidant and friend and lover
And father of my children
I know in my heart I could never bear the pain of separation
From my one true love, and I know that once we are call back home
One day we will be reunited in heaven but is
An issue I don’t think anyone wants to think of
Richard this is the most complete and beautiful poem I have ever read
On this topic
Wishing you Peace Love and Light……Yolie
Aka Morning Star
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/15/2010
Sorry it's taken me so long Richard, but I have had two eye surgeries and am in the process of moving. I have a patch over one eye so please forgive any mistakes;-) This is the best poem I've ever read on this subject. It truly is beautifully written with splendid sentiments that are deeply touching... I thought of the scripture,
"What God has joined together, let no man tear asunder" I believe God honor's what He says and you and your wife will never be separated for long. Only those who have been together for such a long time can know what you feel. I can only imagine the ties that bind and the fear of them being broken even for a moment.... But you must put your faith and trust in what Creator has said,that He will never give you a burden too much for you to bear, and that He will not tear apart that which He has joined together. So keep in mind His love and words,that should give you strength and see you through any separation,until you are together again. I'll try to write to you again when I'm seeing better and have more time. I will keep you both in prayer.God bless and keep you in His care.

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 4/13/2010
Absolutely beautiful Richard, just remember how blessed you have been to have a love for all time, when the time comes, one of you will await the others arrival...and continue your journey together.

Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 4/13/2010
I have read this poem thrice, but could not seem to find the right words to express an appropriate review due this masterful work of art. A keeper.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/13/2010
the beauty of a lifelong love is so well expressed here by you who knows it well-i am envious!
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 4/12/2010

This poem was one of the remarkable ones that doesn't tell how you feel but takes the reader right into your life and loss with you. I've been married for 51 years and my life is similar to yours in many ways. Whatever will we do when one of us is taken home? I doubt you know for I sure don't. This was hauntingly beautiful on so many levels.

Reviewed by Pamilla deLeon- Lewis 4/12/2010
It is not too often that I am left sobbing, but I am... I cannot contain my tears at such heartfelt expression of a lifetime of love. I'm so caught up in the emotion of it, as is my teen, she has goose pimples. This came from the depths of your soul...there aren't too many of us that know this type of love. God bless you both Richard; I am so happy that you two young lovers are still together. Love never dies you take it with transcends all. Thank you for thinking of me. I'm humbled and honored. A masterpiece Richard...a true masterpiece.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 4/12/2010
Richard- never have I read such a loving, sincere, compassionate poem as this. Never. I am so glad to hear that she is still very much alive. This should be published somewhere -yet as I write that - I wonder if this is too precious and too holy. Only you know that one. This is just incredible!!!!!

With Love,

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/12/2010
Such a love is a priceless gift and your poem is stunning.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 4/11/2010
I've always wondered on aged-love, Richard, eternity-styled, not all who wish it see(k)it, not all who see(k) it love it. I keep wishing upon others happiness, thinking its me. Lovely, hopeful piece.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Kathryn Seifert 4/11/2010
This is wonderful and touching. My husband is 72 and you cannot avoid thinking about the enevetable sometimes. Thank you.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 4/11/2010
From a broken heart to a tender ear. God Bless you, J'nia
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/11/2010
This is one of your best, Richard. I would love to hear you recite this one..Perhaps it is too close to home to do that, but you have such an amazing talent for writing!

Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/11/2010
Richard, this is definitely one of your best writes. It is absolutely beautiful with lots of feeling and emotion and a reverence to the one you love/ed. You have also improved your recitations: the rhythm, voice, tone. Well done, Richard.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 4/11/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY TALENTED, VERY SAD and HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by vicki orey (Reader) 4/10/2010
dear poppo,

wow. that stopped me in my tracks and brought tears to my eyes. i don't know what to say....just know that you will never be alone poppo.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/10/2010
"I’ll wait at Heaven’s door" life on earth is but a breath, love is everlasting and eternal...the door will open again~ Richard, I write this through tears and with a loss of thoughts are silenced, but with you~to have such a love is a gift~
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/10/2010
Such lovingly beautiful lyrics and moving, meaningful thoughts shared within them, Richard. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Richard Arrington 4/10/2010
Spoken from the soul, a soul full of love.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 4/10/2010
when you think you love someone so much
and then you hear the depths of their heart
you realize how much you love them more...
Richard why do you make me love you more?
Your Beautiful Soul Offers So Much Lovingness
You Embrace us All to know your Heart & Soul
Within Love Always...Vickie
(stop makin me cry!)
No...Keep Posting Your Heart!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/10/2010
Oh, Richard! This one is so heartfelt and sad. I feel your emotions. Hope you're okay.

((((( Hugs )))))

Sandie Angel :o(
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