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A Poem by Michelle

April 2010

Shattered Dreams (HIV and stigma)

Amidst shattered dreams and a wounded heart
I learn that I have been "infected"
But the virus multiplying in my blood
Is fueled by people's fear -- "stigma"
So also succeeds in injuring my soul
All joys of life have gone
All hopes of happiness crushed
And I am left in despair
Rejected and unlovable
Diseased and contagious

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