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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