HUMAN

by Vince Laws

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, H.I.V.
Human first and foremost,
A maker of mistakes.
The mistake I made,
Was to fall in love.
Make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

I is Immunodeficient –
I catch more germs than most,
Of course I prefer to think germs think me
Such a *fuck-off, fabulous host!

V is for Virus,
It contains both I and Us.
We’re all human first and foremost,
And in the end, all dust.

(An audio/video version of this poem is available here)

(Art installation, 'Human' © Vince Laws)

(Art installation, ‘Human’ © Vince Laws)

Featured art: partial crop of ‘Human‘ by Vince Laws

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