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October 15, 2018

Let us live, before we die
There is a great deal of beauty in life
and trauma resting in juxtaposition,
each new morning, we hope for better
than we were served before.
And so what, that we can not control these truths fully
and when they'll occur to us,
we atleast get the odds
and we can control our reactions,
a little better than we can control our feelings,
 we can protect ourselves,
by researching the causes,
and not everything will go as planned,
because HIV is a silent but deadly
one night can change a whole life
and it could be months before
you learn whats wrong
and years of work
trying to make it right
and it may never be right
and so we know
nobody is perfect
and there's mostly nothing
that anyone can do
to avoid the things
they aren't aware of
cause 1 in 16 black men
end up diagnosed
with HIV...
and each of those men
have stories of how it happen
and
what they know now
 that they did not before
how sex unprotected,
or the shared use off needle injections,
could put a whole life at risk and
infect a mother with a virus
 that she may pass down to her kid,
so she feels void and knows void,
reflecting on her course
and the moments she was tested
attempting to taste lifes most
sensational beauties,
 exposed to infiltration,
how now do they describe faith,
checking boxes,
With the stats stacked in opposition
strive for a new tradition, when we talk about health in the Black Community
lets implement a better way of communicating imperfections
and passing down the lessons
learned through trial and error,
and let go of the obsession
that you are better than anyone else
cause 1 in 32 Black women end up diagnosed
as well.
invited by temptation.
Either intimidated or content amid the what ifs,
theres not always bliss served with ignorance
its important to know your status,
to know your options,
to keep up treatment,
practice precautions,
some communities may make
it feel like taboo,
like theres something wrong with
accepting your truths
but dont let the opinions of the world,
consume you
even if they assume
or what they presume
begins to agitate you
youve got one life
and that, you have to live for you!
make time for the things that you value
and decide who you are going to be
in times of beauty and most importantly
during the more traumatic scenes,
cause it could happen to you or someone you love, and youll want to give up,
or isolate yourself, because you don't know
how to respond, so take time now
to stay informed.. 

 

(HIV Awareness Contest Submission) by Dom Root

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