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I stood among Giants

Today I stood among Giants
Today I dined with Giants
Today I learnt from the Giants
Today I cried with the Giants
Today I laughed and danced with the Giants
Today I am humbled by the Giants

They came in different sizes
Talked about their crisis
They shared with us their choices
They agreed to make the right choices
But they are agreed on one thing
To stay positive about being HIV positive

They gave us a glimpse of their lives
Using the unforgiving lens
They took the emotions from their hearts
And turned them into images
Images of hope
Images of love
Images of peace
Images of fun
Images of Joy
Images that have decided to stay positive
about being HIV positive

The images captured their stories
The images captured their conquests
The images captured their victory
The images captured their strength
The images captured their might
The might of a fighting giant

They have over come the fear
The fear of stigma
The fear associated with being HIV positive
The fear of isolation
The fear of a human beings cruelty
The fear of an uncertain tomorrow
The fear of the unknown.

As their candid images
Tore through the gallery
They all had one theme
The theme of a giant
A giant who has decided to fight
A giant who has decided to overcome
A giant who has decided
to stay positive about being HIV positive

As I quietly sat their
I watched them in admiration
I watched them in adoration
I watched them with determination
I watched them without condemnation
I watched them with a confirmation
That indeed Oh yes indeed!
One can be positive about being HIV positive!

copyright Matu 2010


Matu's picture

Why I wrote this poem

I wrote this poem after attending a forum where 15 HIV positive people had decided to share their status with the world about their condition.

The ladies and gentlemen who took part in this forum were not the usual stereotyped images of Africa we see of HIV positive people.

These were people who were in great health but most importantly were in high spirits and were not embarassed about their condition.

For me my perception of them is the Giants who have towered over all the health and social problems that they have gone through and they have decided to take control of their lives and lead a poistive life thus being 'positive' about being 'HIV positive'

I urge you as a reader to reach out to anyone in your community who is HIV positive and tell them they are not alone be supportive and encourage them. Stigma fuelled by us is a big issue for pople who have been diagonised with HIV. Let us not help fuel it any furtehr let us be supportive and integrate them as valuble member of our society who are more then their HIV status but people who need to be loved and appreciated.

If you are HIV positive. You are not alone and its not the end of the world. Listen to your doctors and live a full life be positive about life and encourage others.

JaniceW's picture


Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony to people with HIV or anyone who feels isolated from the society they live in. Every one is a person to be celebrated for the unique qualities they bring to the world and your poem is a reminder that indeed, we live among giants of all colours, shapes and sizes.

Keep shining your light on the world, with best wishes,

jodelight's picture



What an incredible poem! Powerful! Thank you for sharing this with the PulseWire community. You are so right, your message is strong and true. I love the images you have painted in this poem. Images of powerful, strong people, living courageously. Magnificent Giants. I love the phrase "staying positive about being HIV positive". Wow.
I would love to read more of your writings.

Be Well,

Matu's picture

Thanks Jody AIDS stigma is a

Thanks Jody

AIDS stigma is a big issue the day when we all start accepting ehat is happening will be our first step to managing the problem

jodelight's picture

powerful words


Thank you for addressing this issue with passion and eloquence. Your words and perspective have such power. I look forward to reading more of your entries. Please keep sharing,and vocalizing this necessary perspective. These are relevant issues that need to be addressed. Thank you for bringing them to the PulseWire community with your own creative voice.


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