The Life of a Ribbon
It stands pinned to my wool overcoat
A vibrant shade of red
It is there to warn us and keep us aware,
But it stands alone
It is beginning to fray at the edges
Yesterday my ribbon fell off
I lost it
It is now gone forever
If we don't find a cure for this virus soon,
Many more will be gone forever too
You Can't Stop Me ...
I'm just a person, plain to the eye,
YOU CAN'T STOP ME!!!
Look inside my soul, there's a lot you might find.
Don't be afraid, I won't hurt you, you see,
There's not many differences, between you and me.
I may be sick more often, and won't hesitate to cry,
Sometimes I wake up in the morning, and ask myself why???
Why am I hurting, why must this be?
But for all the obstacles in my way .....
At night I wake up in a sweat,
Will I live to another day?
I run to the window, look up at the sky, and silently began to pray.
"Dear GOD and all the heavens above, please guard me
with your light,
And make my body tough and strong, and prepare it for the
See I've just discovered for the past few months, I've been
living with HIV.
So I'm asking you to heed my words, and put a blessing on
So that I may live a little longer and prevent this from
That's the end of my prayer, and LORD it's not just for me,
But it's for all the people in the world, who's eyes have
not yet seen."
Sometimes I just stare out the window, and think of how things would be,
YOU CAN'T STOP ME!!!
But for all those thoughts that get me down .....
Takesha La'Shawn Rogers, age 17
When I think of
AIDS I think of
the sun because
it is waiting to
peer through people's
windows and make them
feel happy and cheerful.
Especially when they find
If this happened there
would be one less problem
in the world today.
When AIDS dies
light will show
people will rise
life will shine
and the dark will go
into a deep hole
AIDS will die with
the black darkness
How I See You
I see you as a touch of light.
Black or white I still see you as a touch
The sign of peace is in your heart.
Eyes of all different colors.
Sun or rain I can see you in the earth.
Because it is in me.
Shiny or dark you are still a touch of
Because it is in us.
Writing Exercises: Hope
- Create a metaphor for hope. An example of a metaphor is "Life is a joke."
Life isn't really a joke, but by saying that it is a joke, this is saying that life is funny, or
unpredictable, like a joke. What is hope? A flower? A cloud? A sunset? A piece of
driftwood? Think of something that makes you think of hope and write a poem that
explores this metaphor.
- Why is hope important? Does hope keep doctors working for a cure? Does
hope keep someone who has learned that he or she has AIDS from giving up? Does hope help us
cope with the knowledge that someone we love may suffer or die? What would happen if
we gave up hope? Think of one way that hope is important, and in a poem explain why it is
crucial not to give up hope.
- When you think about AIDS/HIV, what do you hope for? Is there a person who has
AIDS that you hope will live a healthy, happy life? Do you hope for a cure? Do you hope
that you won't ever contract AIDS? Do you hope that people who are unhappy because of
AIDS will find comfort and wisdom? What do you hope for? Write a poem about it.
- Write a four line poem with each line beginning with the letters H,O,P,E. Have the
say something about hope, but do not use the word hope in