Love This Flower!

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October 28 2009 11:00 PM ET

Roses are red
Violets are blue
But not like the flowers
I give you.

Everyday
I come see you
You never comment about the flowers
I give you.

You acknowledge them
Without voice
At least you care about the flowers
I give you.

But my words
Must not be true
You do not like the flowers
I give you.

Can't get a reply?
Enjoy ignoring me?
Just tell me if you like them
The new flowers
I give you.

Too bad
They look like you
Really, they do
Pretty flowers
I give you.

It is my fault
Was caught up
This is my "sorry"
The flowers
I give you.

Got you hooked
Heroin killed you
HIV infected you
I regret it all.

Do you love these flowers?
Your grave is tired of them!

On my knees
I give you
My promise
No needle will befriend me
Ever again, Flower.
It already took
My best friend.

Devin T. Robinson X is a South Florida'based activist who focuses on educating young people and African-Americans about HIV and AIDS through performance art and his acclaimed one-man performances, which have been staged throughout the United States and overseas. He also is the founder of the group AIDS Awareness Poets. His work has been profiled in national magazines as well as on MTV, NBC, UPN, and BET television networks and on National Public Radio. Robinson is working on a film version of his one-man show God, Me...HIV? which he plans to screen on World AIDS Day.

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