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A Poem by veganplease

April 2010

I have been living with HIV since 1988. I wrote this poem almost 10 years ago (11/17/2000). I am a 43-year-old female who is an ethical vegan; practices a lot of yoga and qigong, and prays for peace and happiness for all sentient beings.


This Disease is really a Blessing in disguise.

A Gift bestowed upon me
to Open my Eyes to the True Reality of Life
forever existing, behind the Veil of Limited Perceptions.

Fortunately, the seemingly unwelcome,
unsolicited visitor arrived to Liberate Me
from Endless cycles of redundant Misery.

Steadily Opening, finally, is my cold, wounded Heart
to All God's Creation and its Innate Divinity.

Finished are years of Frantically rushing
needlessly from place to place worrying
whether Culture and Society Accept Me
and All that I Embrace.

Skillfully was I Awakened
from my deep, tenebrous Slumber
to the Epiphany of my Numbered Days.

I Fear No More the Limits of my Time here,
but instead I Cherish Each and Every Moment
and Opportunity to Learn,
and to Grow and to Evolve my Soul.

I Follow the Path
that Releases one from Corporeal Death's
Inevitable Grasp and the Quenchless Desires
that Chain one to Earth's Abysmal Mire
of Poignant Pain, and Sorrow,
and Ephemeral Happiness
that Speciously Promises an ever Better Morrow.

Immortal are We,
and "Love" and "Oneness" are the Keys
that will Set Us Free into the Ineffable, Supernal Bliss
of Universal Consciousness.

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