Sarah Jane (for Sarah Jane Salazar)

Sarah Jane

(for Sarah Jane Salazar)

By Apolinario Villalobos


Are there other women like you

Who walked the earth in bare innocence?

Are there other women like you

Who bore on their shoulders heavy burden?


Robbed of blessings and happiness

That should have molded your gay youth

Not knowing that it was sheer poverty

Though for you, that’s life, as you thought.


Despite all those, Sarah, you persisted

Still hoping, you would grow through them

And still with that sweet smile on your lips

The better life you wished, remained a dream.


(Sarah Jane Salazar was the first HIV-AIDS Filipino victim who came out in the open. She admitted that poverty drove her to work in beer joints even at a young adolescent age. She died of the disease without blaming anybody.)