A Poem by Terry Delonas
Most of my time is spent in volunteer work for the HIV community. For me, surviving AIDS and living with the disease are about continually starting over. In Anastasia's Steps, I write about being healthy enough to spend part of the day at the beach, but being too fatigued from eight months of chemotherapy to get home. Since, in my experience, each setback has been accompanied by an unexpected blessing, I wrote about the "good side" of fatigue, being forced to slow down and notice the miracle that the Universe is indeed a friendly place. I have been living with an AIDS diagnosis since 1990.
The manmade green of the lifeguard's flag
It flapped like chuckles over the brown and blue beach,
A glimpse of the Eternal from wooden steps,
Had I not been forced by fatigue
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