Bob Lowe, 92, pictured here with his daughter Martine and Esther, is a supporter of The Silver Line. He contacted Esther after reading her newspaper article on loneliness and inspired her with his poem ‘Ode to Kath’ reprinted here.
He wrote, “My wife died 3 months ago after 65 years of marriage but more to the point 72 years since we first kissed…and she waited throughout the war for me and I for her… loneliness tell me about it.”
He spoke movingly about his experiences to guests at the BT Tower Silver Line event held on December 2nd to celebrate our National Launch.
Bob has been interviewed for a top-secret TV project which we can tell you about in the next newsletter!
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.