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Love poems connect couple at Windsor Health Care Center

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Charles Beck, 74, and his wife Susan, 61, hold hands as he shows offs his poetry books Thursday morning in room at Windsor Health Care Center. Before he moved into the nursing home with his wife, Charles didn’t get to see her much as he would have liked, so he wrote and mailed her love poems. Now he lives with her and has two books he writes in almost daily. Plenty of his writing is love poems for Susan — those get their own book — but in another book he pens poems about his thoughts, feelings and experiences.

A couple years ago Charles Beck's wife, Susan, became ill and needed to moved out of their Fort Collins home and into Windsor Health Care Center, a nursing home.

Charles didn't drive anymore and could only see Susan when he could get a ride to the facility.

He still got to see her, but only a few hours at a time and only couple times a week at most. He missed her deeply.

To help get through the weeks he couldn't see her much, and to let her know she was still in his thoughts and heart, Charles started mailing her love poems. He called his writings "tear-jerking" poetry.

“I call it thoughts, humor and politics by an old man in a nursing home.” Charles Beck

Throughout his life he loved poetry and writing. Charles has no idea how many he's written — he knows it's a lot though — but when Susan left, they became a chance to feel close to Susan when he couldn't be with her. Writing to her made him happy.

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Charles sheepishly admits he's been a romantic most of his life, and he loves sharing that with Susan. The two got married on Valentine's Day 36 years ago, and just this last Valentine's Day they renewed their vows.

Last fall, his own deteriorating health forced him into the Windsor facility. Now the couple shares a small room together.

Charles still writes poems, maybe more than before. He has two books he writes in almost daily. Plenty of his writing is still love poems for Susan — those get their own book — but in another book he pens poems about his thoughts, feelings and experiences.

"I call it thoughts, humor and politics by an old man in a nursing home," Charles said with a chuckle.

Some of his poems he posts on the door of their room for others to see. He reads the rest to Susan.

Susan doesn't like his political poems as much as the love poetry, but she listens to them all the same. She's his biggest fan.

“In Windsor”

By Charles Beck

I’m in Windsor with my loved one,

At the Windsor Health Care Center.

At last, we are each together,

Where love in our hearts enter.

My Sue, you are my sweetest love,

Who guided me through life’s open doors,

And that is why you’re my beloved,

And forever, I’m always yours!

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