Author Archives: Hugh Thomas Hodges

About Hugh Thomas Hodges

I am a retired college teacher who lives on the San Francisco Peninsula.

A Letter To My Wounded Child

A few months after Joan died I wrote this letter to my Inner Child. I re-read it frequently during the next several months. It was very comforting. My Dearest Child, I know you are hurting and you cry a lot. … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement poems & essays | Tagged | 2 Comments

Julius Blank – A Remembrance

I met Julius Blank in a hospice bereavement group. In the Fall of 2007, a few months after my wife died, I joined a bereavement group sponsored by Pathways Hospice of Sunnyvale. Week by week we met in a Lutheran … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement poems & essays | 8 Comments

The Portuguese Butterfly Woman

For some months after Joan died I kept a record of my dreams which I carefully recorded upon waking and then transcribed to my computer. Here is one of the more significant dreams: Thursday, November 01, 2007: The Portuguese Butterfly … Continue reading

Posted in Dreams | Leave a comment

The poem is not your own …

The poem is not your own. It is a gift from your Self. Therefore, do not be proud or boastful, But grateful for the gift. When you read it Remember your inner partner, Your secret lover Who will assist you … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement poems & essays | Leave a comment

My Favorite Time of Day

My favorite time of day Is when I return from My morning walk. I am tired, but pleasantly so. I make coffee, light my pipe, And sink into my big blue chair. Sometimes I think about Joan, Sometimes not. Sometimes … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement poems & essays | Leave a comment

Hodges Hobby House

The following was originally written on my web site for Hodges Hobby House, WinDerby.com, in 2003 Why are you selling Hodges Hobby House? Answer: In order to smell the roses. Here is the story: For several days prior to November … Continue reading

Posted in Hodges Hobby House | 1 Comment

going Home, a pilgrimage through grief

going Home – Introduction: This poem was originally delivered to a hospice gathering. Good afternoon. My name is Tom Hodges. I would like to share with you today a poem that I wrote in memory of my wife, Joan Hodges, … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement poems & essays | 2 Comments