One World Infected

by Julene Tripp Weaver

Disease does not discriminate

it enters old, young, the

wild dancers, the soldier,

those sitting for portraits.


Any new virus lived peacefully

inside an animal for decades,

centuries, cohabitated within

boundaries, till messed with


by man, ever progressing—

the way of things—futile

to get somewhere,  progress

of our eternal wanderings.


The quest for mask and presence

how we show up in our time

zone, some of us raised to

sculpture, installed in museums


or in a park. We’ve yet to 

understand how we collapse

into each other in moments

of crisis, how our need joins us.

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Writers Bio

Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist and writer in Seattle. She has a chapbook and two full size poetry books. Her most recent, truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and won the Bisexual Book Award. Her work is widely published in journals and anthologies, a few include: The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, Mad Swirl, Stonewall Legacy Anthology and Day Without Art Special 30 Year Edition. More of her work can be found at

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