Today could be known as the first day of the rest of my life,
Today starts a new day because I am HIV+,
Today is different because I have to tell you,
Today is imagining how long I will have,
Today I am happy but yet crying in my despair,
Today is like all other days except I am different,
Today I have to plan my life,
Today I have to tell all I love them,
Today I have to ...
Today I have to ...
Tomorrow I think of Today,
Today I think what I will do tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow ...
Pain is something that is new to me
It hurts a lot but it is hard to see.
Living with pain is hard to do
Getting rid of it is difficult too.
So I learn to ignore it and have a good time
By playing games and writing poems that rhyme.
Life and AIDS
Life is a beautiful thing,
sometimes filled with joy and happiness,
and sometimes, we have pain and sadness.
As we grow, we learn to appreciate the things that are given to us,
and the things we try hard to achieve.
So too for a baby born with AIDS:
what is given to them, young and so innocent, is life.
AIDS is not a sin, nor a crime,
more like a drawback in life.
Try not to look on the dark side of things,
but on the brighter side.
Don't let it get you down.
Rise up and strive to the best of your abilities.
Enjoy every minute of life, achieve all you can.
Up and Down, Vertical and Horizontal, Sweet and Sour, Black and White, and Hot and Cold
My life is not the same since I found out I am HIV positive
It seems like my life, as it once was, is now over.
My life in some ways is better, isn't that strange?
It is because I really value life. Do you?
My life in some ways is more difficult, that is not strange.
It is because there is a lot of pressure to make each day special.
My life is up and down, vertical and horizontal, sweet and sour, black and white, and hot
Learning to expect the changes took forever.
Now I know that no days in my life are for certain and changes are okay.
Up and down, vertical and horizontal, sweet and sour, black and white, and hot and cold is
what it is like living with HIV.
Yes, my life is weird.
But it is my life and each day will be different than the next.
As long as I have life.
Everlasting Peace Visits Me
Alright living the life I live
Cannot change it, only accept it;
Quietly sitting, I close tired eyes.
Under forgiving skies
Intimately conversing with me
Revealing hidden lies
Ending the shame
Delivering tongue from blame.
I see further than I ever had
Mildly caressing my diseased flesh
Undressing my very soul
Needing not to hide from truth
Only flaring faces without faith,
Deafened ears choosing to ignore
Eyes in pain shedding their tears,
Forgiving those who don't
I accept me.
Calling out my name
I answer proudly.
Everlasting peace visits me
Not petty, or weak, or cheap.
Continuing this chat with me
Yelling winds sleep at ease.
Subtle breeze kisses my lips;
Young faded memories
Not remembering me.
Dancing with God
Receiving unconditional love
Oceans wash away my impurities
Mountains move my imperfections
Everlasting Peace Visits Me.