CAUSE by Matthew Gellman • Cleaver Magazine
CAUSE by Matthew Gellman Nearly 37 million people are living with HIV around the world. The bird has a wet, satiny throat and thrusts his red song into boys. Some are under the age of fifteen. 2.6 million, they say. Feathers in their bloodstream. Not enough branches, nor living trees, nor roots. In 2014 alone, an estimated 2 million people were newly infected. 220,000 under fifteen. Charts say they saw red. They titled the bird’s song “Antiretroviral.” Only a few are lucky to hear it. The bird keeps singing. The bird will be singing in 230 rooms this hour.