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I am a determined woman, a mother of two, a grandmother to 4 amazing boys, a sister, aunt, niece, and friend to those whose path crosses with mine. I have been through many trials and tribulations in my life that have been all but easy to overcome, yet I have refused to give up hope and have remained determined to heal and to grow from my life's experiences. I have learned that we learn the most valuable lessons from our most difficult times in life should we choose to embrace the lesson and use it for positive change and growth. Poetry has been my therapy and my respite that has helped me through some very difficult and painful times...like the brutal murder of my mother in her own home during a robbery attempt. A woman I loved dearly and who was my very best friend. Or my most recent traumatic event with a sudden ruptured brain aneurysm that led me into a hemorrhagic stroke. During emergency brain surgery, 5 additional unruptured aneurysms were discovered which resulted in a transfer to UCSF and six fully open brain surgeries in a very short time. Each surgery lasted between 10 and 14 hours. Yet I refuse to let life's traumas break me and choose to instead let it strengthen me while counting my blessings knowing that I have survived far beyond what so many do not. I choose to be a survivor and not a victim. My desire is to encourage and inspire others who are suffering similar circumstances or who are going through some form of trauma or pain of their own and to let them know it is possible to overcome and use that pain to grow and see the beauty of life and how far we have come. I attribute so much to the power that comes from poetry writing. Poetry has been the tool that has gotten me through my most painful and difficult times in life. Poetry has helped me find the light to free myself from the very dark places I found myself trapped in. I also use my poetry writings as a tool I can go back and reflect upon to see just how far I have come. It provide

  August 2023     7 days ago

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Flowers In My Garden

Poem...The flowers in my garden"

I set out to write a poem
On this very special day
To honor a special woman
From my heart in my own way

For me this day is tough
As with it brings much pain
But then I am reminded
There's always...

by Kimberly Elisan-McKinney

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I love this piece. Very deep, clear and beautifully writteb!

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Very imaginative and fun poem.

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Great poem. Read it twice to fully grasp it and really enjoyed the read.

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Wow. What a beautiful tribute in honor of your mother that also depicts the same of your wife. Very heartfelt and beautiful poem and tribute

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This was beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading this and its clearly deep meanings depicted within the mere words. Loved it.

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Powerful poem that depicts healing and ultimate fulfill essential in a simply beautiful way.

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Beautifully written!

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Short poem with a huge message. Love it!

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I love everything g about this piece. How it is written, the analogies used, and the deeply intended clear meaning and message within it. Absolutely love it!

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Wow. Beautiful and heartfelt. A real reminder to all that we are never promised tomorrow and the importance in what we should do while we can. Definitely understand after going thru something so similar to your writing so it just hit home for me very deeply. Thank you for sharing. I needed that. 

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This poem resonated very deeply with me after experiencing a very sudden and tragic loss of someone so very close to me. It is easy to get lost in your feeli gs and emotion and this depicts that reality very clearly. Beautiful. 

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Such a simple act of kindness in a mere smile making a profound difference in another person's day and life. If in life it only was so black and white. Nonetheless, still a very profound message and well written poem. 

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I absolutely loved this. Two roads and taking one less traveled ...can infer so many variations of the true meaning inferred here. Very well written.

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Beautifully written

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Well written in a way many avoid speaking so candidly on about would rather just ignore such issues as long as it doesn't directly seem to affect them. But reality is that these issues affect everyone and need to be addressed. It really opens ones eyes with the candid straight forward writing and words used. Very powerful. 

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