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AIDS in Africa
by George MacLean Akurunwa
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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AIDS in Africa


The night hums the music of death,
the day rattles with the cracked voice of anguish,
and even the brave are treading
lightly on the ground,
looking back over their shoulders.

Everyday the church bell tolls
for the burial of another victim.
The places that used to be a haven
for folklores and moonlight tales
have now turned into graveyards.

The streets that used to ripple with joy
are now flooded with rivers of tears,
tears of hurting spouses, parents,
brothers, sisters and friends,
tears of a village of mourners
whose eyes shun the rising sun,
whose ears no longer hear
the music of the rain,
whose hearts no longer
feel the nudge of hope,
whose souls have become a desert land:
hot, dry and barren.

Sorrow has split and sliced the face of Africa.
AIDS has left its ugly marks on her face
and now her morning sky
is filled with gloom.

Still, everyday, the hungry face
of AIDS stares eagerly into the streets
dangling its deadly wares,
and looking for company,
for another soul willing
to gamble his or her life
for a few minutes of pleasure.

2010.George MacLean Akurunwa

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/6/2011
YOUR WORK IS GRAPHIC, INTENSE AND SOUL WRENCHING. ONE CAN ONLY PRAY THAT THE WISDOM OF GOD WILL RESTORE COMMON SENSE...NOT ONLY IN AFRICA, BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD. THANKS FOR THIS WORK, SO TIMELY AND SADLY...SO TRUE. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/6/2011
This is so tragically sad, George.....so much suffering for that beautiful country! Beautifully penned!

Anna
Reviewed by John Domino 6/6/2011
Yes, something needs to be done my friend to reverse this trend.
Blessing to you for bringing this to light.

Write a book about it make the world WAKE UP!

Yours in Christ,

JMD
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/6/2011
Excellent expression George. You have described this tragic agony with perfection.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/5/2011
A sad commentary on human existence. Many organizations with inexpensive medicines are trying to solve the problem. Unfortunately, until the population is educated enough, the problem will persist. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Ron
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/5/2011
So powerfully sad and tragic.



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