Cancer Is My Engine – Original Poem

When you become a “Poetry” Patron, you not only help make it possible for me to create poetry and music, but you also receive a weekly original and unpublished poem, exclusive to my patrons!

Below is my poem, “Cancer Is My Engine,” which went on to become an award-winning music video, screened at film festivals internationally. 

By becoming a patron, you get to participate in my process of creating music, from poem to spoken word performance to song to music video. How cool is that?!

Cancer is my engine
I channel the power
Of this agitation
in my body
Recycling it
For transformation
I sing from and through
The blockage
Disintegrating dissolving
Its current manifestation
Repurposing it
For my healing
That which could kill me
Saves me
Through my courage devotion and focus
Unencumbered by the noise outside
The Sirens
Beckoning me to surgery
Shouting words of “can’t” repeatedly
Well-intentioned yet misguided notions
Of care and support
I challenge your thinking your system
Your fear embedded in
The slice and dice approach
You offer
There is something higher greater
Which I tap into
With my voice
Which would be endangered
Through your approach

©2018 by Loolwa Khazzoom. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be copied without author’s permission.

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