Lyric Fire: My Journey in the Key of C – Poem for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the following poem which I wrote specifically for the BlogNostics web event Pinktober, is dedicated to all who have been affected by breast cancer. The disease has not hit me close, but I do know others who have been touched and this is for them.

Please contribute in any way you can, whether it’s by making a donation to a charity, doing a walk to raise awareness or simply educating others about the disease by disseminating information. We need to eradicate this disease. I hope the poetry below touches you, provokes you to act and brings you some peace if you’ve ever lost someone to breast cancer. Blessings to all.

My Journey in the Key of C:



invaded like enemy territory



tired of hiding my condition



i don’t want to lose this life



like icicles in the sun








but not before i say

i remember every word you’ve said

every hug you gave

every touch you’ve placed

every kiss you laid on places public and private, my love



lips turned up like hot mugs of coffee on a work day



remembering silly times with my children

marveling at how much they’ve grown

proud of the people they’ve become



i see how much you’re hurting

your strength is an inspiration



out for your hand

sister i love you

i know you love me

there is/was nothing more you could have done



please dry your tears

focus on our good years

sleep, eat, travel, love

live your life

be happy

it wasn’t your fault

never was



asking for a multitude of blessings

please take care of the ones i leave behind

find a cure for this mind, soul, body, and spirit-space invader



i have angels waiting for me

how i’ve missed you so mom and dad

i long now to glide with you in the great ever-after

breathing deep arriving at sweet peace



the bright light is luscious and beautiful





forever home

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Comments (23 Responses)

  1. AJ says:

    Thank you for sharing this poignant poem. My mom is a breast cancer survivor. This gave me a peek at where she was at emotionally and spritually at that time. Thank God it’s been more than 10 years and Mom is still with us.

  2. Mohini says:

    It’s so touching……can’t tell what am I feeling now…you have really done a great job…you are like an angel…….Tameka

  3. AJ, You are very welcome. So happy that your mom is a survivor! As long as we keep making breast cancer awareness a priority we can continue to save lives. I was honored to work with the American Cancer Society last year and will work in any capacity to bring light to how we can overcome this disease. Blessings to you, your mom and your family.

  4. Mohini, I am honored by your comment. This poem was like a gift. It came from somewhere else, through me. Blessings to you.

  5. Tameka — I was crying by the time I got to ‘crying’. This is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL & POWERFUL!
    I will share this on my FB Biz Page at
    Thank you!

  6. Bongo says:

    What a beautiful beautiful poem and tribute…As always…..XOXOXOXOXO

  7. So touched that you were touched Linda. Thank you.

  8. Bongo, thank you much dear soul.

  9. Roy Durham says:

    god bless the voice you have give to the cause thank you Tameka. god bless

  10. Adriene says:

    Truly amazing, Tameka. This is gorgeous and full. Thank you, thank you.

  11. rimly says:

    What a beautiful tribute Tameka, loved it

  12. vaisakhi says:

    tameka beautiful take on the cause….n very powerful too…loved it…:)

  13. Roy, Sweepy, Rimly, Vaisakhi, thanks so much for your comments. I am thrilled that you all liked the piece. Happy Weekend!

  14. Alejandro says:

    I like it here as much as I like it there.

  15. Thanks Alejandro! I wanted to feature it on both sites to get maximum exposure for the work and BlogNostics! I never ask for shares, but guys please share this post with all who you think would be interested. We really need the clicks for BlogNostics so they can raise funds for the cause!

  16. Anna Sides says:

    Your words have truly touched my heart <3 Thank you for sharing your poem.

  17. Anna, I am glad you were affected by the poem. Thanks for your kind words!

  18. jan says:

    So touching, thank you for this.

  19. Thanks so much Jan!

  20. I was truly touched by your poem. I’ve assisted several cases of patients with breast cancer. And they are very brave.
    I loved how this journey unfolded.

  21. Thanks Melissa. This poem means a lot to me. I hope it helped someone.

  22. Nice information sharing and thanks for posting.

  23. Cancer Resources, thanks so much for the comment and visit. So thankful also for all of the work you do on behalf of breast cancer awareness.

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