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Ode to Bras: A Poem

A poem reflecting on one survivor's feelings on bras.
PUBLISHED January 01, 2018
Ellen was a teacher, drug/alcohol counselor and school counselor for 32 years. Always being fairly “unique,” she was diagnosed with a unique form of breast cancer – one tumor followed by two more malignant tumors – in 2007. Ellen and her husband, although native New Yorkers, have lived in Seattle for 41 years. They have two grown children, two grandchildren and two standard poodles.
first one was a grow it bra
stretchy pads covered two tiny bumps

not much grew in it
stuffed it with tissues
to look bigger visible straps
under white blouses
for all to see!

i love you bra
you are a part of me
even when I sleep.

decades brought many different colors
ivory, cream, midnight, even purple

until a tiny pebble was felt
nestled in one breast.
pebble became part of an unfriendly family of three

farewell breasts
toxins administered
to attack any lurking cells

perky fake boobs to follow
no need for bras.

daughter lovingly inherited them
except one
cinnamon color, lace stitching

sometimes open my drawer to touch it

I’ve loved you bra
but i love life more
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