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A Poem by Brett

April 2010

I wrote this when I was newly diagnosed and feeling pretty bad. I live in the Atlanta area, am not gay, but I am very alone.

Here In Vain

I am a walking cauldron of poison.
My bottle, my body.
I am my label, the skull and crossed bones,
a withered soul inside the skin.

Pity me, hug me, like me, love me.
But do not lust for me.
I am the most deadly rose.
Do not place me on your blouse.
I will prick you with my poison thorn.
I will thorn you with my poison prick.

and you will be me
and you will hate me
and you will hate you
and people will hate you
and you will hate people
and I will have become your Dracula.

I will hate me even more,
for letting me become what I have become --
a walking cauldron of poison.




  
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