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The way I love you

One would think we would come to a place 
Where we can bow out of life's hectic race 
Find that one spot where we have our own space 
But as I make my way I find this isn't the case

We are taught to always do our best 
To look at life as if it was some kind of test 
But some of us are just thrown into the mix 
We start off with challenges and problems to fix

But I never look at it as if my life has been hindered 
I handle it all by keeping a few things remembered 
That nothing special in life has been promised to me 
And by accepting that whatever will be will be

Though my hurdles in life seem to be an endless list 
I seem to be blessed with some special gifts 
One being the inner strength that i have in my soul 
To never be one to let life take its toll

I will take on most anything and with that being said 
I am not one to have anything looming over my head
By protecting myself I was protecting my mother 
She needed protecting after losing my sister and brother 

But this was something not natural to me 
I'm more of one to kick down the door if there isn't a key
Now that she's gone that job is now done 
She was able to pass on having one healthy son 

I am one of many, though not all may agree 
But most will say "eventually it will happen to me"
Now comes my time to set my soul free 
And to take on this monster they call HIV
I won't say there's no fear of course I have some 
But I don't want anybody thinking what has he done
To let this define me and to some it might 
I don't really care who thinks that I'm wrong or I'm right  

With support or alone on the darkest of night 
It was time to stop running and to stand up and fight
The endless testing and fear of receiving a positive test 
In some ways it feels good to have that part put to rest 

I've always battled for others with an iron fist 
But now my fight goes to the front of the list
So to all, some still here and some in the here after 
I want the air filled with smiles and with laughter 

My plead is no pity or tears to be shed 
I want only positive thoughts in everyone's head
To all that I love this is what I ask you to do 
Simply love me the way I love you

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