Elegy for the AIDS Virus
How difficult it is to say goodbye
to scourge. For years we were obsessed
electron micrographs of you seem quaint
already, in the moment of our victory.
How difficult it is to claim one’s right
to living honestly. The honesty
you taught was nothing quite as true
as death, but neither was it final. Yes,
we vanquished you, with latex, protease
inhibitors, a little common sense—
what’s that, you say? That some
Of course, you’d like to make
it is, how very sad, to see you strain
(no pun intended) at response—
as from this consciousness you’ve
pursuits so many of us reveled in—
but what once felt like love was
as much as I have loved and
of nothingness, of clarity. We win!
Copyright (c) 1999 by Rafael Campo. From “The Changing Face of AIDS” in Diva, to be published by Duke University Press in September 1999.