We're Still Here

Poem 29 ±

We meet and speak
less now
about pills and T-cells,
so glad to be here
when so many aren't.

We meet and speak
less now
of memorials and tears
and the fear,
and more now

about "what now?"
when we meet now
in the old bars.
We speak about the theater
and other pleasure those others

who aren't
are missing because of
no pills, vanished T-cells.
But here we are,
meeting and speaking,

pill-poppers extraordinaire
trying to tell
dumb youngsters in bars
our stories but
they aren't interested.

Iris Lee is the author of Urban Bird Life (NYQ Books, 2010). She conducts a writing workshop at The Actors Fund, which originated as a workshop for theater professionals affected by HIV/AIDS.