Decadence Deceased

by Lakesha Jenkins

Gone but not forgotten, forever etched in memories past
Joy echoing in my mind's ear of your wild infectious laugh
How many glasses filled to over flowing
How much from the earth is puffed and passed
How many friendships forged through the fire of Shelby's hopelessness amassed
But death has put out your torch's flame and taken you away
Though many shunned you in the end and callously discredited your name
What shame to hide their hands from eyes that participated in your games
Decadence Deceased
As days raced into years and teens became adults
Your ending brings a beginning of so many other's health concerns
One truth undeniable from this tragedy is that as you live you learn
Undoing what's undone it not a possibility
For HIV has stolen another husband, father, brother and son
How obscene
Upon your epitaph in my mind I can't conceive
So much within your last moments
Happened that few were privy to no would believe
Decadence Deceased
Began the moment your soul was set free 
Farewell my friend, good night
What an honor to have seen your beautiful light
What began as youthful fun 
Is now....
Decadence Deceased

Decadence Deceased by Lakesha Jenkins

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