Remembering Alexis on her Birthday

Jane the Obscure


You laid there fighting and courting death to the end

It wouldn’t come for you, but finally the wings you

Carried on your back

Carried you home.

You were the first to speak, the first to march for the cause,

The first to lend a helping hand

But you failed to help your self.

You were the daughter to a mother,

But you were your own mother.

In the end you saw your grandchild, the one

whom you gave your last gaping breath.

Your legacy, a heaven

Full of stars, a community of fallen angels.

HIV, Drugs, Prostitution, that is what you fought tirelessly against,

But it touched you too early in your journey of self-identity.

And what was at the end of the road.

Only you know.

What is worth it, Alexis?

As I stood over you in the dark candle lit room.

I wondered what you were…

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About Susan Forrest, co-founder Los Angeles, County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force, chair Los Angeles, County HIV Mental Health Task Force, secretary
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