With Jim at Lake Herrick, Athens, GA (1986)

With Jim at Lake Herrick, Athens, GA (1986)

This morning I am feeling especially grateful for my partner  in life, Jim Hogan. Our beginning was in the Fall of 1986 at The University of Georgia when we met at Psi Chi party for graduate students. I love this photo he took of  us with the timer on his Dad’s old Minolta. It’s our first picture together. We’ve filled albums with colorful sheets of memories.

There aren’t many photos of us together during the days when my cancer lived prominent in our lives.  This poem is like a photo for me…images emerge and feelings arise, taking me back to precious moments we shared.

By Vicki L. Flaherty

Holding me gently in his arms,
he is a refuge in my grief.

Watching quietly as my tears fall,
he releases me from my fear.

Snuggling my body close,
he is a sanctuary in my sadness.

Wrapping his hands in mine,
he encourages me to health.

Bringing me happy memories,
he supports me in my healing.

Sharing dreams of the future,
he keeps my hope alive.

© Vicki L. Flaherty, Mostly My Heart Sings, 2012


About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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