November 1 - November 6
"The March from March '94"
The March From March 94
It was March 94
when I learned the awful truth.
If you found out the same,
how would you get through?
I met each morning’s awakening
with tears running down my cheeks.
I lived out every hour
with my spirit trembling and weak.
On the dean's list in school,
with one year left in college,
it was March 94,
I gained another knowledge.
It was late one Saturday night,
I went to my Aunt Sweetie's home.
She called up Auntie Raye
and they whispered over the phone.
On the very next afternoon,
Sweetie and I traveled across the water-
She was looking for her older sister
who had something to tell me, her daughter.
I knew it would be devastating-
I could feel it in my soul
but only from my Mama’s lips
could I believe what I was told.
I had heard the whisperings,
seen the evidence of October 93.
March 94, my mom confided:
She was positive. She was HIV.
It was then a new disease,
the stigma nasty and stale
so I strengthened up all my walls...
who could understand this hell?
I became a different person
to grapple with the trauma.
I couldn't believe this was happening,
this death diagnosis for Mama.
It was March 94 that
my mind and spirit were rearranged.
I only now realize
how deeply I'd been changed.
"The March from March '94" is an excerpt from Candidreams: I Remember the Beginning.
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