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Love from The Abyss…by Robert M. Katzman, February 14, 1988

Love from the Abyss

by Robert M. Katzman © February 14, 1988

Written for my love, my wife, in 1988, after ten years of marriage and after nearly three years of my unemployment, when deeply depressed I learned what happens to a guy who received twenty years of great publicity running a once famous Bob’s Newsstand, and then found out nobody would hire someone like me. They said, like a line of robots: “Well, you’ll leave as soon as you can to start over.”

One month later, I was hired to manage Europa Bookstore at 3229 N. Clark Street, in BoysTown, Chicago

Discovered among her papers last night, I wanted to give Joy a Valentine, and this is what I wrote for her thirty years ago, today. We were both 37. It rhymes, but so what? No other person has ever seen it.     We, our love, and the marriage survived:


Our balances are red

Your mood sometimes blue

After ten years of marriage

My Valentine to you


Never mind Valentine was Catholic

And I a wandering Jew

Today’s meant to be a ‘Day of the Heart

To give praise, or sometimes to rue’


You cook and clean

And sew and spank

For such a life

You have me to thank


While your pretty blonde head

Wears no diamond crown

You know if ever you need me

I’ll always be around


Our love can’t be a balance sheet

Where one thing equals another

How do you measure my loyalty and love

Against checks I sometimes can’t cover?


Our kids have a Father and Mother

For the good times and the bad

To cheer them on when they do well

And hold them when they’re sad


Marriages isn’t all soft puppies

Sunlight streaming thru a window

Not all pot roast and holiday cheer

Not victory over each foe


More like anxious moments

Of pregnancies and pain

Struggling through a wilderness

Where nothing’s ever the same


Choices and decisions

More often wrong than right

Regret, regret and regret again

Lying silently awake at night


I’m grateful for our children

For their beauty and their health

Their intelligence and humor

Is our legacy and wealth


Though our home is not a castle

And our car is barely alive

Don’t measure our lives in metal and brick

Don’t stand in our doorway and sigh


Don’t pine for the things you haven’t

Don’t dwell on longing for jewels

Many a woman rich in silver and gold

Would gladly trade for my love for you


Hug me for no reason

Cause you’re luckier than you know

Hold my hand as we face what’s ahead

For we’ve so many years to go


Thanks for reading this buried love letter.

Hope you all find someone like Joy

Happy Valentine’s Day

Bob Katzman


 Valentine To a Wounded Wife

Written February 12, 2016, twenty-eight years later, as she was gradually dying

My way of writting poetry to her, had evolved


Publishing News! 

Bob Katzman’s two new true Chicago books are now for sale, from him!
Vol. One: A Savage Heart  and Vol. Two: Fighting Words

Gritty, violent, friendship, classic American entrepreneurship love, death, heartbreak and the real dirt about surviving in a completely corrupt major city under the Chicago Machine. More history about one man’s life than a person may imagine.

Please visit my new website: http://www.dontgoquietlypress.com
If a person doesn’t want to use PayPaI, I also have a PO Box & I ship anywhere in America.

Send me a money order with your return and contact info.
I will get your books to you within ten days.
Here’s complete information on how to buy my books:

Vol 1: A Savage Heart and Vol. 2: Fighting Words
My books weigh almost 2 pounds each, with about 525 pages each and there are a total together of 79 stories and story/poems.

Robert M. Katzman
Don’t Go Quietly Press
PO Box 44287
Racine, Wis. 53404-9998                                                                                                                    (262)752-3333, 8AM–7PM

Books cost $24.95 each, plus shipping

For: (1)$3.95; (2)$5.95; (3)$7.95; (4)$8.95 (5)$9.95;(6) $10.95

(7) $11.95; (8) $12.95; (9)$13.95 (10)$15.95 (15)$19.95

I am also for hire if anyone wants me to read my work and answer questions in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Schools should call me for quantity discounts for 30 or more books. Also: businesses, bookstores, private organizations or churches and so on.

My Fighting Words Publishing Co. four original books, published between 2004 and 2007 are now out-of-print. I still have some left and will periodically offer them for sale on my new website.



Comment by Don Larson

February 13, 2018 @ 12:57 pm


You gave her a beautiful poem of your love for her. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

We who have led entrepreneurial lives (while sometimes in parallel in working for others) have run into the same experience as you, [ “Well, you’ll leave as soon as you can to start over.” ]. It was disheartening, I know.

They failed to see our true Spirit in perseverance and loyalty to the principles of business. But they did not halt our intentions.

The love you and Joy shared in life validated all you both gave to each other. She was there when no others were. You did the same for her. That is a far more powerful story than those in life that did not recognize your strength as a compassionate human being.

Warmest regards,


Comment by Brian Novak

February 13, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

Thx for sharing.


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