Michael: Breaking the Stigma of HIV

Michael Allen, former U.S. Military Combat Medic, is a participant in La Casa de Don Pedro’s Ryan White Program where he has been inspired to reach others through creative expression. Mr. Allen has been with the Ryan White program for the past year and a half. He engages in case management sessions, nutrition education, receives homemade meals delivered to his home daily, and participates in our support groups.

He inspires the Newark community and others through his spoken word performances, volunteer work in the community and at La Casa, as well as through performing with the Metropolitan Church Choir. He advocates and helps other like him fill their time and thoughts with positivity, never letting the day get away from them. Michael finds that La Casa de Don Pedro’s Ryan White program has been very helpful to those infected with HIV, as well as those whose family members and loved ones have been impacted, too.

Michael presented “Stigma”, his spoken word piece to bring to light and help dispel the stigma around HIV.

 

Stigma by Michael Allen

Biased intellectuals

Make false spectacles

And stigma from false friends

Creates Mr. Hyde’s from Dr. Jekyll’s.

There’s an intruder that has

Found its way into my bloodstream

Like an uninvited guest, it

Decided to enter. Just as it

Has unknowingly crept inside

My body likes a thief in the night.

Apocalyptic invaders

Seemed like an error

But there was terror

And sleepless nights like

Surviving a terrible automobile accident

That I still walked away from.

Like when I speak on and

About Trojan horses. I mean

The condomless bareback riders

Letting the enemy inside.

Biased intellectuals

Make false spectacles

And stigma from false friends

Creates Mr. Hyde’s from Dr. Jekyll’s.

Yes, I think about back where

Nightmares meet daylight.

Where your eyes are open

Wide shut…

Almost never see it coming….

The Doctors have just given

You the results of an HIV diagnosis.

But the shock of ambiguous

Metaphors turn to an acronym

That has somewhat seemed

Aggressive enough to rear it’s narcissistic

Head like a venomous vipers

I wonder because

Human Immune Deficiency Virus

HIV for short

Has just bitten you.

Biased intellectuals

Make false spectacles

And stigma from false friends

Creates Mr. Hyde’s from Dr. Jekyll’s.

This is STIGMA.

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