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Surviving Silent Storms


My journey through the grief of cancer's aftermath

  11 total reviews 
Comment by
writeapoem
 
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Rating of Chapter 7 -
A Snowy Walk
Another fine poem and tribute to your wife's passing. Thanks for the memories but one must move beyond the heartbreak and take that leap forward. The manner in which the elements were used by you to describe your moment of sorrow in life as your memory will others move beyond the loss of a great life.


 Comment Written 16-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 16-Jan-2018
    Hello and thank you for your kind words and five stars. This poem holds a special place in my heart because it took over a year to complete, I just kept pushing it off until one night I wrote the last three verses. Thanks again and welcome to Fanstory
    All the best.
    Rodger
Comment by
Joan E.
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 Rank:  37
 
Exceptional
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Rating of Chapter 1 -
One
Many, many kudos on your second "Seal of Quality"--a remarkable achievement. I am sorry it has to be for this heart wrenching story and appreciate your prayers for a world free of the scourge. I admired your rhythmic, rhymed quatrains and dramatic repeats of "one" and the "neighbors" line. Take good care of yourself- Joan


 Comment Written 05-Dec-2017



reply by the author on 31-Dec-2017
    Hi Joan, I'm sorry for the long delay in responding. Thank you for your wonderful comments about my poem and your kind kudos for my second seal. I can hardly believe it myself! I'm so glad you enjoyed my poem. Happy New Year to you and your
    loved ones.
    All the best,
    Rodger

reply by Joan E. on 31-Dec-2017
    Here's to another productive year, with a good measure of peace and healthy living!
    Cheers- Joan
Comment by
I am Cat
 
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Exceptional
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Rating of Chapter 1 -
One
Oh Rodger,
How absolutely breathtaking.
Beautifully and poignantly written, it touched me so deeply.
For me, my dear mother-in-law... three years from start to finish:
Double mastectomy, chemo and radiation... a cruel death.
An empty hole.
I can imagine your pain.
I look forward to reading this book in full.
I start here, my dear friend.
Congratulations on a Seal of Approval, well deserved.
Love and laughter to you,
Cat


 Comment Written 30-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 03-Dec-2017
    Hello my friend Cat,
    Thank you very much for your generous six stars and wonderful comments! This was my first big poem on
    FS back in 2010 when it also won POM. I came up with this format and one Sunday I just sat down and it
    spilled out onto the page. So many people have been touched by cancers fury, it seemed to connect to most everyone who read and reviewed it. It's just one story out of many stories, My wife's story is especially tragic because she did everything she could to fight the monster and still she lost her life It stated in 1997 she found a pea-size lump in a self exam in the shower, went to the doctor the next day and tests confirmed it was breast cancer. she had the lump removed and they had clean margins. They checked her lymph nodes and everything was clear. Ten years later, we were out walking when she said she had pain in her hip that was confirmed the next day to be the same breast cancer that she had 10 years earlier. She bravely fought the monster for six years but it got her in September of 2006. We had been in east Texas in early August to attend my step son's wedding to a wonderful Texas gal . That trip came two months after her daughter graduated high school and she managed to make it to commencement. The family is grateful that she got to attend both milestone events in her children's lives but the trip was just too tiring for her and was sick as soon as we got home.
    I think the line "one of her brushes still clings to her hair " You'd be surprised of all the little things that are over-looked when loved one dies, it's very tragic! I recall being at work one day and in the hubbub of the day, I called home to talk to my daughter. She was home but in the bathroom at the time so it went to the answering machine and yes, you guessed it. my wife's voice answered just as pleasantly as ever, Thank you very much for your wonderful review ans generous 6 star rating.
    All the best
    LoLa
    Rodger :)
Comment by
dragonpoet
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  Rank:  63
 
Exceptional
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Rating of Chapter 1 -
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This is an exquisitely written for your wife and how her love effected many people. The empty bed and chair show the loneliness and grief abounding as much as the children do. It seems you have started over with someone new which is good.

Sorry for your loss. Both my parents died of cancer, My dad in 1983 and my mom, also in 2006.

Keep writing

Happy holidays

Joan


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2017
    Hi Joan, I'm sorry to read that both your parents suffered from cancer.. Like you, this poem connects to many people who
    have fought the monster. or have loved ones who did. I thank you very much for your kind comments and compliments and the extra star. Happy Holidays to you as well.
    All the best,

    Rodger

reply by dragonpoet on 30-Nov-2017
    You're welcome. Thanks for you're condolences.

    Joan
Comment by
MissMerri
Merri, Premier Author
 
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  Rank:  164
 
Exceptional
This work has reached the exceptional level
Rating of Chapter 18 -
One Last Tear
A perfect sonnet that touched my heart and made tears run down my cheeks. I can't see anything at all to change or alter. The word choices are perfect and the meter is flawless. Congratulations, Rodger, for winning Poem of the Month. I'm glad I saw this and was able to add my stars to your many accolades. MM


 Comment Written 06-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 06-Nov-2017
    Hello MM! Thank you for your wonderful review and six stars. I am truly honored to receive such high accolades from such an exceptional poet! Thank you for your kind congrats for winning the POM contest, it's been a while since I've won this contest.
    I really appreciate your review!
    All the best,
    Rodger
Comment by
kathleenspalding
 
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Rating of Chapter 18 -
One Last Tear
Excellent and powerful poem flows well and tells a heartfelt story. Love the last two stanzas. Perfect choice of artwork. Congratulations on your well deserved win!


 Comment Written 05-Nov-2017



reply by the author on 06-Nov-2017

    Thank you very much, Kathleen. I appreciate your kind words and congratulations.
    All the best,
    Rodger

reply by kathleenspalding on 06-Nov-2017
    You're welcome
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