other people's poems, poetry

HIV

…the epiphany: that I am unsafe,
you who want me,
know that I who want you,
harbor the bitter balm of defeat.

Salvation

If I were to show you
how to continue holding on,
I would not kiss you,
I would not mix the fluids
of my body with you,
for your salvation
can not bear the live weight
of your sharing liquids with me.

from “Love is Hard Work”

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other people's poems, poetry

a la brecha (to the persecuted)

If suffering comes unabated,

if weariness weighs down your spirit,
do as the once barren tree:
flourish.
And like the planted seed:
rise.

Resurge, breathe, shout, walk, fight,
Vibrate, glide, thunder, shine forth…
Do as the river rich with new rainwater:
grow.
Or like the sea approaching a rocky shore:
strike.

Know how to face the angry thrust of storms,
not braying, like a frightened lamb,
but roaring, like a defiant beast.

Rise! Revolt! Resist!
Do as the bull in the face of adversity:
charge
with confident power.

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