Human Immunodeficiency Virus

by Anthony Aguero


I think about you so often I wonder if I am

in love with you but

I won’t say I’m in love with you

No                   Never

The first person to teach me about it

gifted me

a flesh-light all pink and cotton candy

Said Wherever you take this


Think of me

I thought of him

as a tree stripped of its

branches          and naked

of leaves

He leaves me

a gift                a virus

all night sweats and tremor and endless

O the urgency

of having to love you

just to keep myself                              alive


Anthony Aguero is a queer writer in Los Angeles, CA. His work has appeared, or will appear, in the Bangalore Review, 2River View, The Acentos Review, The Temz Review, Rhino Poetry, and Cathexis Northwest Press.

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