AIDS photo

she’s crouched over like a praying mantis. coffee-bean skin stretched tight across jagged jaw. beside her, an empty cradle. place where baby once lay, ragged blanket in its place. lives stolen by AIDS. they say we’ve seen everything, what with tv and movies, but still, my heart stops. grabbed by the hands of this forceful photo. i cannot breathe and i wonder: who am i to complain?

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