‘I was dubious but compelled to carry out my wife’s wishes’

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A man who lost his wife to breast cancer has penned his feelings into verse to raise cash for Willen Hospice.

Steve Crawford’s book One Poem went on sale this week on Amazon.

The Shenley Church End dad of two dedicates it to his wife Sharon, his “best friend, soulmate and inspiration”.

He said: “Shortly before Sharon died, she urged me to write a book of poetry. She always said my attempts at songwriting were more like poems.

“I was dubious but felt compelled to carry out her wishes.”

Poignantly the first poem is devoted to his wife of 20 years. One verse reads:

“Our time here is not freehold/ She said it’s just a fixed-term lease/ So please remember how Sharon was/And rejoice that she’s now at peace.

Other poems are more humorous, about everything from catflaps to washing machines. All are beautifully illustrated by Steve’s cousin, professional artist Gillian Martin.

Sharon died at Willen Hospice in 2013 at the age of 48. The care was “absolutely brilliant,” said Steve.

One Poem in paperback is £9.57 . It is available on Kindle.