Tango with HIV

PODCAST: In commemoration of World AIDS Day (1 December), maHp/ ACMS postdoctoral researcher Duduzile Ndlovu shares her poem on HIV/AIDS.


Is this a choice

I am making

Your name is always

On my mouth

Wherever I look

I see you

I turn and keep turning

Left, right, no left again

Your face greets me each time

I run, run as fast as I can

Maybe I will outpace you

But I carry you with me

No matter how fast I run

You are there, you run faster

I close my eyes

This is all but a dream

I shall awake

But I see you

You are right there

Inside of me

For more poems by Ndlovu visit her blog: Candid PhD Talk.


About Duduzile Ndlovu

Dudu obtained her first degree in Environmental Science & Health from NUST, Zimbabwe in 2004. She has worked in rural development in Zimbabwe and with Sonke Gender Justice Network in Johannesburg South Africa on Migrants' Health & Rights issues prior to joining ACMS.

She recently submitted a PhD thesis focusing on Zimbabwean migrants’ use of art to navigate precarious lives, speak about and memorialise past state perpetrated violence in Zimbabwe (the country of origin) and xenophobia in South Africa.

Dudu is interested in how people make meaning of precarity such as migrants’ making their lives under constant threat of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. She is also exploring art based research methods; using music, poetry and drama, as data and to present research to wider audiences with an aim to pursue creative or art based research as a strategy for accessing indigenous ways of knowing, and developing indigenous research methodologies.