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A Poem by Shaun

April 2010

This is a poem that I wrote after finding out that my boyfriend of 1.5 years had been cheating on me, lied about his status and consequently infected me. In retrospect, it was my fault for believing him. For months, after I was diagnosed with HIV, I walked around completely numb, void of any emotion and unaware of my surroundings. It was quite possibly the most isolating and existential experience I have endured in my brief 25 years on this planet. However, I am now of sound health and making the best out of a shitty hand dealt. I have restored purpose in my life, though skewed by my diagnosis.

Cover My Soul

in a transparent net
and pull it forward
from within me

so that I am dragging behind
remembering what it felt like to be me...

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