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A Poem by Jill

April 2011

My name is Jill and I wrote this poem in 2006 after a man named Bryan came into my high school health class and shared his story. Bryan's story meant so much to me that right when I got home that day I wrote him this poem to show my appreciation. I am so appreciative that I made a friend for life that day!

My Friend Bryan

He has this bad disease
You can tell by the look in his eyes
That he loves life
And doesn't want to leave

Bryan is strong
Maybe more than you or I
His story is inspirational
And made me tear up and cry

Bryan has AIDS
We will see who is next
Unfortunate for him
No one taught him safe sex

Bryan was a normal kid
Up for having good times
Had no idea what he was getting into
Only showed healthy signs

When Bryan told us his condition
No one made a sound
We were all scared for him
And wanted a cure to be found

Bryan talked for an hour
Which doesn't seem that long
But in that short amount of time
He told us he was wrong

He said he made mistakes
Most that he regrets
He said these things to help us
Didn't seem to get upset

I appreciate my friend Bryan
For sharing his story with my class
He just saved our lives
Before we moved too fast

So people listen up
You won't learn this from a book
Before you party and drink
Take a closer look

Think about the consequences
Of leaving in 15 years
Think about my friend Bryan
Whose story brought me tears

Bryan is the man
I thought I'd never meet
Never knowing he would touch my heart
And be so sweet

Bryan is gonna fight
He's too strong to let AIDS win
He's got the strength to have hope
And keep up his chin

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