ifedayo oshin

Rookie (Ondo, Nigeria)

When Positive is Negative


An outcast
fit only for the lepers' colony

A burden
big beyond bear

A huge bear
too ugly to hug

An unwanted stranger
to family, friends and foes

A perfect tool
for Government's propaganda

A clean cover
for Health Ministry's graft

A sure means
for Activists' foreign AIDS and funds

A goldmine
for multinational pharmaceutical giants

An alien
in the place of her birth

Technically, they also call me
HIV/AIDS positive person

For nicety, I am also known as
'PLWHA'

Why then do you wonder
That we're wheeled into morgue slabs
Time before our fixed time.

Submitted: Monday, May 15, 2006

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  • Rookie R H (5/15/2006 1:10:00 PM)

    Courageously written, this is a poem everyone should read - there is too much discrimination, ignorance and prejudice in the world - I hope your voice is heard amongst those who consider 'positive negative'. I applaud you on this one Ifedayo. Kind regards, Justine. (Report) Reply

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