Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AIDS-National AIDS Day

In loving memory of
Joe Hurlburt
 (Pictured on your left, the tallest one)
March 17, 1971 - July 9, 1997


Aids took over and totally consumed his body
Causing him constant immeasurable pain
The pain was so great that he pushed away everybody
Until he was unable to maintain
He was no longer the brother I once knew
He had only himself to blame
This is the brother that taught me how to tie my shoes
He tortured himself in shame
He was scared to die but it was now a reality
All he wanted was to be loved
And now he was paying for his sexuality
He died feeling completely unloved
Except from his family and the people who really mattered
My mom had to watch her son slowly wither away
Her world was forever shattered
His death affected everyone around
I not only lost my brother but my best friend
Even though 13 years has passed, his presence still surrounds
The sorrow of missing him will never end
The memories I will never forget
The good and bad times I will always cherish
There is not a moment of regret
I still can’t believe his life on earth has been perished
I will hold his love in my heart forever
And the lessons he taught
His son never really knew his father however
His battle on earth has been fought

Good Morning All! Today is National AIDS day, a very important day for me since my brother succumbed to this horrible disease. People think they are invincible, just as he did. This is a very serious issue, please protect yourself. A moment of satisfaction could lead to a horrible death, one that I wouldnt wish upon my worst enemy.


Jason said...

I'm glad you posted this Jen. So many wonderful people have fell victim to this horrible disease.

I'll definitely be mourning and remembering today.

R.I.P to your Brother.


Brian Miller said...

so sorry about your brother...thoughts and prayers for you today and the hope that a cure is found...

elizabeth said...

May your brother rest in peace. this is a horrible disease that's ruined our lives.

i love the poem.

Moanerplicity said...

Thru your words of love your brother comes alive. Thank you for introducing him to us. Having lost so many beautiful spirits to AIDS, I understand the heartache it leaves.

This was a wonderful way to honor him, J.


Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

A very timely post.

Traci Lavette said...

Rest in Peace to your brother, Jen.

Miss.Stefanie said...

This was beautiful!

The Write Girl said...

Hi JStar,

This is such a heartfelt and emotional poem...your words certainly grip anyone who has felt the loss of this terrible virus. God bless you and your family.