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Karen Ross Epp

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  The Bloom Is Gone
by Karen Ross Epp
Monday, June 01, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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An expression of my feelings about surviving breast cancer.

                                                The Bloom is Gone

The bloom is gone
I saw it coming
I knew it would happen
Subtle hints of drying petals
In the eyes
Around the mouth
The shine— the luster— the sparkle
Slowly fading
Life took a toll day-by-day
I gave and gave
There is less of me in the mirror
As days go by
“You’re oh so lucky!” they tell me
I made it though some
Sad times
Part of me is missing
The first buds of womanhood
Sustenance for my young
My chest lay bare
They say…
“You should be glad you’re still alive!”
As if I am unaware— ungrateful
I stand on a different stage now
I am not needed as before
Offspring have left
Career— part of my past
New horizons loom ahead
I lift my eyes… slowly
To forge in a new direction
Blooms become flowers
Then dry to give a fragrance
A Potpourri that lingers in the air
Reminding all…
I was here
I was a flower
A fragrance
I am survivor
Karen Ross Epp

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/10/2014
well done
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 8/21/2009
This has a courageous voice. Thank you for sharing these feelings.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/18/2009
Absolutely beautiful write Karen! You are a wonderful example of strength and courage. I wish you health and happiness and hope always!

Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 6/5/2009
This is a very inspirational piece you have written.You showed strength and courage in terms of overcoming and surviving breat cancer.I'm proud of you.take care

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/1/2009
You are very strong and have endured much to grasp the vision of freedom and health. God bless....

Be always safe,

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Karen Ross Epp

Corn Rose: A Novel

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With Love Stan: A Soldiers Letters From Vietnam To The World

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  2. I Am Honored, for Ron Hull
  3. Faith
  4. Crossroads
  5. God's Love
  6. Endless
  7. No Matter What No Matter Where
  9. Memories
  10. The guiding lights
  11. Peace
  12. Your Love Remains
  13. your boneyard...
  14. Higher Ground, Bigger Dreams
  15. Note to Self, Number One
  16. Freedom
  17. I'm No Different Than You
  18. By the Dawn's Early Light
  19. Never Forgotten
  20. DRAW US

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