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Kid Talk

Autumn 1995

Our week at camp

My son and I attended a camp for children with AIDS and their families this summer. It was a wonderful, safe place where the kids could play together and discuss their feelings without fear of what people thought; their anonymity was respected & honored. The camp put out a newsletter during our stay and following is my son's contribution.

The Shining Warrior
by: Beau, 13 years old, living with AIDS

A few months ago, a warrior
began visualization.

He began picturing himself
surrounded by the shining light.

The warrior soon learned that the
light was the truth from inside.

He began to do the meditation
every night, seeing the same light.

As he believed in himself, the
light became brighter.

So each night, the warrior got
stronger and stronger,
and finally he became healthier.

Now he is the strong warrior,
the warrior that lives in each
and every one of us, that will
never die.

Teen Rap
by: Faith Carr

Well, you say to me
you want to be my friend,
but then you treat me
like my life is gonna end.

You gotta bring me laughter
and bring me joy.

Don't treat me like
that I'm a broken toy.

For some time now you have
known I have AIDS,
but there's nothing wrong.

My health is good, my body is
strong, my mind is clear -
man, I've even grown.

But you don't touch my face,
you give me no hugs
you act like AIDS
is an airborne bug.

You say you're here
because you care,
but then you come to my house
and you just stare.

Look at you sittin'
on the edge of the chair
ready to flee,
if I cough in the air.
Maybe I should buy
you a gas mask,
then you wouldn't leave
my house so fast,
when you act that way
you look like an ass.
Instead of runnin' out
why don't you just ask?

You can say to me,
How could I catch AIDS--
is it even safe to visit your place?
And I'd answer you straight,
I'd answer you clear
So you wouldn't need to
visit my crib in fear.

One way is not having safer sex,
but I'm just a kid,
I'm not ready yet.
Another way's
when you trade off blood
like when you're
using dirty needles
cause you're shooting drugs

But I don't do drugs
and neither do you
so we don't have to worry-- let's skip that one too.

The last known way
is from mother to child
from feeding breast milk
or the birth canal
And that is it man,
that's the end.
You can't catch AIDS
from just being my friend.

So when you come here
to see me next time
Try to show up
with an open mind.
I don't need you to feel bad
about myself
HIV does that for itself.

I gotta live my life day by day,
And if you don't understand
Then we don't need to play.

Sunburst Projects 1995©

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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
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