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“We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the sun has become disgusted with waiting.” 

~ Charles Bukowski



A conduit of creativity shot straight through my heart, surged down my arm and electrified my fingers as I penned each word. I knew I was in touch with my deepest creative self, as if my muse was writing through me encouraging me to blossom.


I kept making an effort to write day after day, struggling with my attitude and source of motivation. I continued to put off my writing goals, telling myself there’s always tomorrow, more chances to write. And then I saw her: a small, red rosebud on a miniature rose bush right outside the window of my morning room. She was striking; insistent that I take notice.

Through the cold of winter she still held on, speaking to me clearly through radiant, black cherry beauty. She must have arrived too late, missing her chance to bloom.

And she never will.

With gentle persuasion her tiny thorns pierced my heart, urging me to persevere. That night I found myself writing with such a blissful quality; petals unfurling with ease, blossoming fully with creativity, the tiny rosebud by my side, a source of inspiration found right outside my window.

Her message? Live life to the fullest before it’s too late.


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91 thoughts on “Epiphany

  1. I see we have overcome writer’s block. Creative and beautiful.

  2. Inspiration can come at an unexpected time from an unexpected source. Here’s a little touch of an extension for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnbMYzdjuBs

  3. Nicely done. Love the metaphors.

  4. That is really beautiful, Kelly. That kind of rose is adorable.

  5. Beautiful! A hopeful reminder to continue on… 🙂 🙂

  6. Lovely, Kelly. Take that inspiration…no matter where it comes from, or how long it takes to reach you. Just know…it is always out there. 💕

  7. I love it when the muse blooms. It’s a feeling to remember when the words must be dragged out of you. Enjoy the splurge of pure creativity. 🙂

  8. Wow, your writing motivation is much prettier and more poetic than mine. Mine is pretty much, “Get your butt to work.” Less zen perhaps, but it does the trick. 😉

  9. Epiphanies can come from the most unlikely places. Well done!

  10. oh, beautiful, and what an inspiration – your empathy for all living things shines through in this, kelly –

  11. For real? Or is this a metaphor? I hate to sound so thick but do you really have a blossom outside your window?

    • Of course it’s real! That’s the picture of the rosebud at the top! I used personification or metaphor if you prefer, to fit the purpose of this little piece. I’m not so concerned about grammar right now, but more about conveying my connections to the world. I use strong imagery because it’s a natural part of my expression.

      • Don’t worry about grammar. I never do (obviously). I heard Kurt Vinnegut speak at Case Western and he said too much attention is paid to grammar and rules of verse. He said it strips a writer of his/her voice.

      • Couldn’t agree more, thank you for that. I can get hung up on so many things. That’s what editing is for later on, right? I’m a big fan of Vonnegut’s, so cool that you saw him at Case!

  12. Love the metaphor use here, Kelly. The rosebud is a perfect image for the return of inspiration. Beautiful 🙂

    • Thanks, Ryan. I will forever be amazed at the beauty of a rose. Don’t care if that sounds cliche’ I think roses really are incredible creations. They really do inspire me. 🙂

      • I couldn’t agree more! It’s hard sometimes when the thing that you truly see/feel/etc has become a cliche because it is so beautiful! The trick is giving it fresh life, which I think you have done superbly 🙂

      • Yes, that seems to be what writing is all about! Lovely feedback as always, Ryan. Thank you so much. 🙂

  13. Sweet inspiration from one rose to another 🙂

  14. May Tiny Rosebud, your inspiration, hold on ’til Spring, where she’ll find the warmth and power to blossom into something of a higher power, Kelly. ❤

  15. What a beautiful rose, Kelly. How can I find one of these roses? Tell me where?! xoxo

  16. Nature and its perseverance can be very motivating. I look at the birds and would be a cawing crow not a chirping chickadee in the winter! Lol Your black cherry rose, permanently held in a bud, is a precious muse, Kelly. Sorry, I have been having data issues on my phone that I blog on, so have reluctantly been going back to the library. I am not doing more than one hour a day!

    • No need to apologize for anything. Sorry to hear of your issues – hang in there! I appreciate your time in reading and always enjoy your lovely comments, Robin. Thank you xo

  17. Great post and great choice of quote to accompany it 🙂

  18. What an inspiring piece of writing, beautifully written with tenderness and depth. The rose bud is delicate but has survived this far with its fortitude…much like ones writing muse…and a reminder to look up and about and draw inspiration from the world around. 😀❤️

    • Hi Annika! Very sweet of you to comment, beautifully stated as always. I know you draw inspiration from the natural world as well. Truthfully, whenever I glance at that little rosebud, it inspires me to keep writing. I need to look into how to preserve it though, because it’s crumbling away! Don’t particularly want to attach any metaphors to that! lol
      Thanks again, hope all is well with you! xo

  19. So beautiful ❤ I’m so obsessed with your writing always! It makes me think

  20. I love this!! I was just in a similar situation!!. Very inspiring

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