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A Poem by Gloria Makatshaba

April 2010

HIV you are the divider, you are a ruler, but not the end to me
you divide my inner soul, trample it, you crushed me, but not yet. I
will not let you devastate nor finish before the end I will resist you.
My soul, my body and my mind I have trained them to know you, you are not
the victimiser, a destroyer or whatever you may name yourself you are not
the dead end for me you are just like any other devilish I can destroy its head
only by hope and staying positive and not let you or even open my door for you.
look at me, I saw you laugh but listen to me, this is my body, this is what I have
it's not yours, your creator may be proud but not to me, listen and learn
you have no power, but a little snake, a thief and a divider but not to me I live
my life to the fullest listen and learn I will not let you be the head you are only the
tail without head one day you will burn in hell I will watch you as you are watching me.

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