The Better Part of Me

by Christy Johnson
(Yanceyville, NC)

They have always said that death comes in threes,
But when God took him, he took the rest of me.
And if I had the chance to love him again, I swear I'd do it right,
But now it's too late to feel him, to love him, to hold him tight.

There was a part of me that just couldn't let him go,
And that part of me loved him, and that, he'll never know.
He's the first man I've loved, he's the first to make me cry,
He was my distraction and with him, my heart dies.

I've asked a million and one times what am I going to do,
And he said I'd make it and he'd be there to see me through.
I will always love this man more than I will ever love myself,
But what's even harder about loving him is loving him to death.

He mellowed out the hurt and with him, I forgot the pain,
And in his brown eyes, I'd seek sunshine to clear out this rain.
I know they'll always say that when death comes, it'll come in threes,
But when death made this mistake, it mistakenly took the better part of me.

RIP Perry Herbert
I will ALWAYS love you.

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Jun 14, 2013
the better part of me
by: silver

What a beautiful and fitting tribute to someone you love.I also love the picture you put up.I have found poetry to help me also.I have written a lot but even more so since my dear husband died on May 29,2011.This site has helped also.To be able to talk to others who know EXACTLY how I feel makes a lot of difference in my journey.When I read your poem it reminded me of a poem I wrote my husband for our 25th anniversary called,"What Love Leaves Out." See my 1st marriage was bad.Luckily,I escaped before me and my children lost our lives.My 2nd husband was GOD's gift to me.I wrote how he left out sorrow and pain,etc.I also wrote how his love healed me.I feel that we had a wonderful "rock" to rely on.I feel he is still watching over me from above,waiting for the day when we will be together again.GOD send you peace and strength to go on.I keep us all in my prayers.

Jun 14, 2013
Thank you for sharing
by: Abigail

Christy...It's been 10 months for me. Having a front row seat watching him die daily during his 3 and 1/2 yrs struggle with cancer has taken its toll on me. I am currently seeing a therapist to help me focus on his life and not his death. I know in my heart of hearts I will never be the same and right now I am feeling so incomplete.
I will add you to my prayer list. God bless you and may you find inner strength from this day forward.
Warm aloha,
Miss Abby

Jun 14, 2013
Dear Christy,
by: Pat in Missouri

What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Perry. I know you miss him terribly, but in your grief, you have found a skill as a poet. Even in death, there are gifts.

I send you hugs and blessings. Pat

Jun 13, 2013
The Better Part of Me
by: Doreen U.K.

Christy I am sorry for your loss of your beloved Perry. Death is so very painful to our core we wonder how we can survive the pain. It just serves us to be stronger for the day when we will be reunited with our loved ones we have lost. I lost my beloved Steve 13 months ago to cancer and now I am having to restructure some sort of life for myself. I haven't started yet and don't know when I will start to LIVE AGAIN without the love of my life. He was my first love and will be my last love. Everything I am and was is due to being with the Man I loved to Death. He was my very HEARTBEAT. Now it beats ALONE.
Life is hard each day resigning ourselves to each new day and hoping we can get through it. From now on each day will feel like an eternity without the one we loved and lost.
I wish you Peace and Comfort in your Sorrow and Grief.

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