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FOREWORD: Today is World AIDS Day – a day to celebrate the promise of the day when the world will be completely free of new HIV infections, discrimination against HIV patients and AIDS related deaths. That day hasn’t come yet, but as a humanity that thrives on hope, we hold on to the promise and create the awareness of its purpose.

To mark this year’s World AIDS Day, I want to share a verse a good friend of mine wrote a long while ago; it’s a little dark, but it seemed suitable for the commemoration to me. Read, share your thoughts and educate someone you know.


I bare my writhing back

To the venomous whip of circumstance

Flagellate my hide to your heart’s content

Do as you’ve done in history spent

In the past you sought no permission

In my flesh your fantasies bloomed to fruition

On you I’ve waged many a fervent war

Driven battle ships with my steaming blood

Bitter gall was my defeat

Meals of dust you made me eat

Oceans did my sad eyes scream

Whose floor beds bear the crushing weight of sunken dreams

You won!

I bled!

My loss!

Your victory!

But now, hear the voice of a defiant soul

A broken spirit, hitherto your goal

Shatter me but I’ll weep no more

From hence I simply care no more

Bit me, yet I grin and pose

My battered carcass smiles in repose

I’ll mock your victory with maniacal tittering

Be harsh now, no time for dithering

Test on me your best of pain

My wet eyes you’ll never see again

I shall not mourn

For your victory is scorned

Break my body, oh cruel Nemesis

It’s naught but metamorphosis

Do your thing, and I’ll do mine

For every dream that you hurry to crush

A thousand more of its stead shall rush

Strangle my hope in your despondent gutter

In the womb of Hades my soul shall snigger

You’ve always done as your will has pleased

Now, like you, I fix on a life of ease

Let this be the pact of our fraternity

You are free

And I am free

Let each do as he wishes

As we trek together

To the edges of eternity.

Written by Emmanuel Essien

About shakespeareanwalter

Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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  1. A truce! Aids raid… We shall overcome *Khan’s voice imposed on mine*

  2. Wow! This is a very grim and glum masterpiece! The narrator seems to have gotten to that point where he wages a battle of his own against the disease plaguing and ravaging his being! We all reach this point more often than not, when we decide to damn the consequences and say to ourselves that, that which doesn’t kill us, eventually makes us stronger or better still, if we die, we die! And sometimes, we win we renewed attitude and determination!

    A beautiful piece to mark the day I’d say; and since the advent of anti-retro-viral drugs and at zero charge; the HIV epidemic has been successfully managed and controlled! Kudos to all the game changers, making big statements and giving humanity hope for a better life against all odds!

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