My Valentine's broken heart, by Lesley Booth

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Lesley's husband Michael had a heart attack on Valentine's day. He was taken to hospital where he had a stent inserted the next day. While he was recovering, Lesley wrote this poem for him.

Fifty-three years and never apart, 

The one I love had a broken heart, 

Surely after all this time we cannot part 

His heart refused and failed to start 


Our love for each other conquered through, 

With doctors, nurses, and the ambulance crew, 

It's Valentine’s day of all the days. 

They do say god moves in mysterious ways 


After umpteen tests, scans and taking bloods 

The doctor said I think we are nearly out of the woods 

So, another day and in their skilful hands his heart was mended, 

Now a day later we can celebrate Valentine’s day as intended. 


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