Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"He Is Not a Random Man," by Hans Ostrom


A headline mumbled to me,
"Random man pricked with syringe,
told 'Welcome to the HIV club.'"
He's going to be okay, the man,
because of immediate medical attention.

Except that a headline writer
tried to turn him into a random man.

He is not a random man. He is
the man he is, none other. He
may have been randomly pricked.
But random pricking does not

a random man make.


2014 hans ostrom




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