Written in 1986, “Life Impure” expressed my concerned view of A.I.D.S.
“Life Impure” is simple enough for a child to read, however the basic AA-BB form deliberately counters the seriousness of the subject matter. “Life Impure and its anagram (As I Die Slow - A.I.D.S.) carry a deeper message expressed within the symbolism and reflect my sincere compassion for all A.I.D.S. victims. As we casually inflict scars upon ourselves, life slowly drifts into a spiritless culture. “Like a desert river in the sun from the naked heat we run”, illustrates how we have allowed our spirits to vaporize even by the very thing that gives us life. Eyes desperately stare out at a world of tormented souls, tortured by vain misgivings, hollow eyes hopelessly search for answers. Blind by self-delusion and our own unwillingness to accept responsibility, we seek to blame the sufferings upon some unseen reason or unknown force yet, God knows it is simply within us all but to see His Truth.
T. M. Lowry 5/20/03
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