TFW Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012 – The Feminist Wire

TFW Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012

On Behalf of TFW’s Editorial Collective 

TFW recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAD) 2012. NBHAD is “a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora” that is organized around four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment. 

In honor of NBHAD 2012, we offer the following life-affirming and spirit-lifting poetic meditation from Black feminist June Jordan. HIV/AIDS has ravaged, and continues to disproportionately impact Black people throughout our world, but we believe that we can win the fight against HIV/AIDS. Many people are impacted and many lives have been lost, but some of us did not die. 

“Some of Us Did Not Die” by June Jordan
Some of Us Did Not Die
We’re Still Here
I Guess It Was Our Destiny To Live
So Let’s get on with it!

Scenario Revision #1

suppose that gorgeous
wings spread
begins to glide
above my body lying
like dead meat
maybe start to rot
a little bit
not moving
just flat
just limp
but hot
not moving
him circle closer
closing closer
for the kill
he makes that dive
to savage
and inches
from the blood flood lusty
I roll away
I speak
I laugh out loud

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big bird of prey
not yet