Haikus written by UCT staff and students flooded HIV Coordination (HAICU) in response to a competition to create poems about HIV and AIDS stigma.
A haiku is a short Japanese poem of three lines with five, seven and five syllables respectively.
The submitted poems were judged by award-winning poet Gabeba Baderoon, author of the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences.
The top three haikus are as follows:
In 1st place, and winner of a video iPod:
silence around her
pushes her further into
her lonely sadness
by Briony Chisholm
In 2nd place:
the brown leaves blow by
together in the thousands.
who will collect them?
by Jane English
In 3rd place:
i felt repulsion
i must have hurt you deeply
will you forgive me
by Victor Moisey
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