Aids: His Disease This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   AIDS: His Disease

My cousin was there when I was born.
He stood in the hall smiling,
A tear slipping from his eye,
Looking down on me through the thick
Plexiglass window.

My cousin brought me to see Santa
On my Christmas holiday.
I sat on Santa's warm lap
Wailing like a baby
(Because I was a baby),
Reaching desperately for the embrace of my uncle.

My arms squeezed around his neck,
And we watched the great booming fireworks
On New Year's
(I was two then).

I was four when my father got knee surgery and
I stayed with my cousin at his apartment.
When it was dinner-time he didn't have much food,
But he gave me what he had.
It was cold, for there was no heater,
So he didn't mind when I crawled into his bed and
Put my little chubby arms around his neck.

On my seventh birthday
My cousin gave me a diary.
Everyone seemed to stare when I
Gave him a big kiss,
Right on the smacker.
I didn't know why,
And I didn't care.
He was my cousin.

I love my cousin because
Though he didn't have much,
He gave it all away out of love.
I love my cousin because
He was my best friend and
He loved me back.

And I was there when he went to the hospital.
I ran to his room, climbed onto the bed.
Tears streamed down my face.
And I put my arms around his neck.
They tried to pull me away,
But the harder they tugged,
The tighter I squeezed.
He had his arms around me too.
And he was crying too when he told me he loved me.
But he didn't say anything when I told him
He'd get better soon.

When he died I was told it was because
Of something bad called AIDS.
And now that I'm 16
And know what AIDS is,
I still love my cousin.
I put the most beautiful flowers
On his grave when I visit
On his birthday.
And if he were here today
I would put my arms
Around his neck, give him a
Big kiss right on the smacker
And tell not only him,
But the whole world
That I love my cousin.
Even though he had AIDS.
Love is stronger than any disease.

Fiction by Christina C.,
E. Setauket, NY


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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