HOW AIDS MADE ME A TURKEY

 

HOW AIDS MADE ME A TURKEY

 

I feel like the Ottoman Empire

Dying so slowly

First, a few sores on the periphery

Then Byron Bellows my brains with poetry:

Toxoplasmosis, Dementia

And the reason of the Greeks is gone

 

And then Russians lumber through my Balkans

Like Burly Black Orderlies in Bellevue

While Italy, in the guise of Mayor Guiliani

Takes away my possessions in Libya

 

And when the Great War comes

I am carved up and become

A Turkey

 

Copyright, David Gottfried, 1995

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