Untitled poem

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

Women Rising Project means so much to so many of us women
We need each other not to just listen
Not to judge what’s up in your life
It’s a sisterhood that can only be explained as a flower with many petals
Each petal is important
When one has need the others are there to help, to guide, to give hugs
There is so much I can say, but for now …
It’s wonderful to be able to express oneself no matter what’s up in your life
Women Rising Project is a whole bunch of flowers that can give voice
To those who are afraid to be in the spotlight
We are a sisterhood that has many voices who say
HIV can’t stop us from living our lives to the fullest.

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Elaine

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Forever Positive

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

Forever Positive

Forever positive is the way I will be
A choice not mine but accepting as Thee
Down the road it became clear to see
The difficulty of living with HIV

I accept that I will never be free
To live my life with HIV
Forever positive is the way I will be
Regardless of my disease, I have to be me

Accept me for the person you see
Not the label society pushed on me
The woman with the power of three
Living her life forever with HIV

Being positive is a choice for me
One I had before my fate with HIV
God’s love continues to guide me
Forever positive is the way I will be

Christine

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When you look at me what do you see

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

When you look at me what do you see

When you look at me what do you see
Surely not HIV
I am not bound by the stigma and shame
That HIV proclaims
You see I know who I am
A Woman
Beautifully
And
Wonderfully made
Now HIV did attach itself to me
But it’s such a small attachment
That if you don’t hear me talk about it
You miss even knowing that it is there
So I ask you again when you look at me
What do you see.

Demetra

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Untitled Poem

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas.

In the light of shame + humiliation
Robert has brought my entire family
a blissful salvation. I am forced to
do some swift thinking to keep my
daughter to engaging in full
Rihanna mode. That’s why I’m
currently sitting in Hummingbird
Circle. Trying to visualize Robert
actually being fitted for a
Tux instead of hanging out
with Lisa. I like the thought
of having a custom made gown
by Clara’s Sewing Shop.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the
idea of custom made clothes. I
would love it if I were in park.

Dora

Posted in Poetry

Untitled Poem

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

I am a woman of skill
I have the heart of steel
Free heartedly the will
to live.

I choose to love + give
freely to all whom I
have the blessing to meet

I love all to whom
I meet to learn to
love unconditionally

God has blessed me to
love through many trials
+ shortcomings. I laugh, I cry
but through it all I love.

Dora

Posted in Poetry

Untitled poem

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas.

Feelings of shame
and of rejection
of persecution and of
oppression

Always alone
forlorn and forgotten

Because no one cared
my life was forsaken

Anonymous

 

Posted in Poetry

Who am “I”?

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

I’m waken by a light so shining
that I stretch my arms and body
and think of what I must do next
Is this the time where I supposed to
be quiet or loud with emotions
then I start standing up and
moving forward to what I don’t
know but I’m drawing up to see
what comes next in my being!

Who am I!

Linda

Posted in Poetry

Untitled Poem

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

I didn’t really love me enough
but I said I did, but I really didn’t.
That’s because I really didn’t know
myself and how could I.
I never really took the time.

I was so busy trying to make sure
some other man validated me through
his time and affection. I forgot to look out for me.
I forgot just because one person can’t handle
the weight of my value doesn’t mean I’m not
valuable.

Love has to be a reflection and I’m talking
more than one person to another if I can’t
look in the mirror and love myself, the
person God truly created me to be then how
can I be in a position to completely love
someone else. How can I know when someone
is truly loving me.

So I guess I have been spending a lot of time
getting to know myself being honest about
my flaws and all and I’ve never been more
free and I can honestly say that now
I love me.

AR

 

Posted in Poetry

Dreams

This poem is part of a series written by women living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. This poem was originally recited at the Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon on May 6, 2015.

Dream are made for dreamer
That I can’t deny but why do I
See Truth & they only see lies

Dreams are made for dreamers &
someday I will find the dream
that I long for the one I left
behind

When I find my dream again
I’ll hold it close to me, deep
in my heart that’s where it should be

Never let your dreams run loose
just keep them by your side
you’ll never know who they
are the ones that make you
cry

Time ago & time again just
think of what you had remember
your dreams always but not
only when you’re sad

Time ago & time again it seem
to pass you by never let your
dreams run loose just keep them
by your side.

Eva

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Spring 2015 Newsletter Up

Our Spring 2015 newsletter is ready for you! Click here to read the whole issue.

This issue is all about HIV, AIDS, and Aging. There’s also some helpful information about the HIV medications.

Posted in Newsletter