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Beware HIV lingers

Virus lingers (Philip Kaupa)PHILIP KAUPA

An entry in the Rivers Prize for
Writing on Peace & Harmony

My fellow citizens, beware.  Our little enemy, the HIV virus, is still around. We cannot defeat it if we are ignorant. It is human ignorance that makes HIV invincible. I have lost one relative and I know many of you have also.  It's painful. Take this piece as awareness - PK

Of its kind, so minute and almost non-living                                                                                                             
                                                  primary distinction science is giving                                                                         
                                                    Despair, desolate and peril are trace of its path                                                   
                                                         unto its acquaintance is dark death 


So small, yet over comes the weak and wears out the great                                                                                 
                                                                           devouring the living, taking its fate                                                   
                                                                                           So close, yet so far                                                              
                                                                                   dwells in a lively cell like a star                                                 
                                                                                                         its makeup is of the simplest                               
                                                                                                                    its functional complexity is of the finest
                                                                                                                             and like a potter                                
                                                                                                                                   it uses the teeny, tiny, matter   
                                                                                                                                the cells machinery and skilfully
replicates                                                                                                   and of its kind, multitude rematerializes

Where once a feeble life was                                                                                                                                        
             is now debris and chaos                                                                                                                                    
                       so minute though                                                                                                                                    
                             to date an epidemic core                                                                                                                  
                                       From the cellular level                                                                                                             
                                                 up high the community cradle                                                                                    
                                                                     it shows no care                                                                                         
                                                                         the little red army strikes                                                                      
                                                                        despite one’s rights                                                                                
                                                                                   no one’s innocent, to all it fights                                              

but, yet and again                                                                                                                                                           
            men likes and ponders upon it and gain                                                                                                         
                                                   and the army keeps coming  like rain                                                                      
                                                               inflicting more pain                                                                                          
                                                                     It roars like a thunder                                                                               
                                                                      nevertheless, to many, it is heard silently

Its might is men’s ignorance and cover                                                                                                                      
      for men to ignore, HIV is a lover                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                         The battle
 is near here                                                                                                                                                    always be
 aware                                                                                                                                                                 Stick on
 the safe side                                                                                                                                                           only
then from it men can hide                                                                                                                                    thus,
survive this VIRAL epidemic tide


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Jimmy Awagl

Bro Philip - great lines expressed here.

HIV is part of human culture, is here to stay and will continue its course in human life.

Ebola is another virus spreading and the only victims will be human beings despite medicine and technology.

Great piece! More of it!

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