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Words of Inspiration

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by Ali Zidel Meyers

I ramble through word dust,
fall apart and fall together.
The letters are brittle twigs.

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Ode to Hair

by Karen Sudduth

I’ve worn a wig, I’ve worn a hat,
But now I am all done with that.
My hair’s still short, just like a boy,
But going topless is a joy!

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That’s the Way It Was

by John Ward

One morning in the Springtime,
          just shortly after eight
The news was on, the coffee hot,
          and work would have to wait.

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What Does a Woman with Breast Cancer Look Like?

by Ernestine Nicholson

She may be young
She may be old
We’re all the same, I’ve been told

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Infusion: The Cure

by Judy Conroy

Infuse the poison so I may live.
So much remains in my soul to give.

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Borrowed Confidence

by Pat Godfrey McRee

Pat Godfrey McRee is a two-time breast cancer survivor, author of Support to Go, The Unbook for Men & Women with Cancer, and director of the Flying Colors Cancer Network at UT Cancer Institute in Memphis, TN. Read Pat's short poem.

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To the Atypical Node on My Thyroid

by Mary Jedlicka Humston

So, you think you can
just come in uninvited
and not be noticed?

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Survivors Canon

by Helene Parris

I crossed a gorge the other day,
through a canyon vague and dark.
The bridge across was made of ropes,
the planks from reeds and bark.

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