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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

* And I Want To Say... For World AIDS Day


“There are crazy rhythms in this room. They click and churn and hiss and beep. They tick away the time between breaths. Such crazy rhythms inside this room, and I just can’t even dance to them. I wish I could speak… but the words, they won’t come. So these rhythms, they break the silence, fill in the vacancies, make up for this scarcity of language; and it’s strange how these rhythms can hush the occasional uneasy utterance.


Please, take this silence as Love, because words no longer make sense to me. Words like: The Plague, and words like Haitians. Words like Africans. Words like junkies, like faggots, like gay. Words go in and out of fashion and they don’t always vogue upon the tongue. Words... they can prick us like dirty needles… and leave behind these scary realities like: HIV, Thrush, and SIDA, and AIDS.


So, take this silence as a LOVE, baby. And right now, I’m loving you ‘til death.

Please, take my silence as a Daring, and most Death-Defying Act of Love!

See, sometimes I think, I think too much. Sometimes
I think this world is just
A Stupid Test
Of love
And most of us
Are failing it



One Love.

*Excerpt from ‘And I Want To Say’ copyright © 2001 and 2010 by L.M. Ross


Jason said...

This said it all Brotha Pen. Bravo brother, bravo!

Now, I'll be silent.

JStar said...

THANKS for posting this! I am crying right now...This touched me sooo deeply...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Lin!

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

May your words reach, comfort and reassure those who need heartfelt encouragement. Big hugs!

Mizrepresent said...

What a beautiful brutally honest tribute Lin. I can't say enough. I have lost many friends to this devastating disease and so i thank you so much for sharing this with us, and this needs to be shared with the world.

Anonymous said...

Very profound. Thank you for sharing this.

WynnSong said...

Wow........Just Wow.....You soooo have a way of touching the soul...the spirit...the heart. Wow is not even the right word....but as I am blown away as always at your incredible talent for taking words and breathing life, humanity, passion and compassion in them and brigning the world into focus and sharing its soul........
Just Wow

Chet said...

Great post, thanks for the awareness.

thegayte-keeper said...

This day needs to be extended for a lifetime...

Lovebabz said...

Yes, indeed.