HIV/AIDS – A child’s message


I came into this world – sentenced to death
I can feel no guilt – it’s not my fault
I was conceived – I was born in this state
I had no choice! – I was not asked!

Those with a choice made a decision
To give life to me – I am their child
My parents who knew their HIV status
Conceived and gave birth – condemned me to death

My life will be brief – is this really fair?
Suffer and die – I don’t know when!
No one will want me – I’ll be cast out
By prejudiced people who don’t want to know

Why should this happen to me just a child?
My parents decided – they gave me no choice
The decision they made – should this be allowed?
Should they be allowed to pass sentence on me?

Think of me now and learn what you can
As this is my message to all who might read

Live and act in a responsible manner
Think of the offspring before you have sex
Go and be tested for their sake and yours
Don’t spread the virus – don’t take a chance

Abstain if you can – you know that you should!
Practice safe sex – you know that you should!
You have a choice – you have the right
Say no till your married – be certain it’s safe

I had no choice – now I will die
You have a choice – I wish I had one

Copyright – Des Squire 2008

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