Mickey Mouse has AIDS!
The 64-year-old, four-fingered rodent
with the big, black ears,
was infected with HIV
in the first experiment of its kind in the U.S.A.
"I don't know how it happened,"
said the Chief Immunologist,
himself a five-fingered mammal
with big, black glasses.
"In the cage there, without
his gloves and loose red shorts,
he looked like any old rodent.
Just another mouse, we said."
Mickey has diarrhea and is finding
it difficult to stand.
His spleen and lymph nodes
His immune cells are
"He's the first experimental animal
known to develop an AIDS-related disease.
A real pioneer," said a bacteriologist,
stuffing the rest of her grant money
into her narrow bra.
But Mickey, his eyes
rimmed with red like a
his coned-shaped nose filthy with mucus,
his proud chest, wracked with painful shudders,
is one sick, one helluva sick mouse.
He's trying desperately to reach
the Disney folks on the phone.
He's looking for answers,
wondering how such an All-Star
mouse with great box-office legs
could die looking like a
twisted raisin stem
in the last basin from the end in
lab number 409.
Regina Morin is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Immaculate Heart College. She moved to La Jolla to work at the La Jolla Light and has since written and directed one-act plays for the Drury Lane Players and for the San Diego One-Act Play Festival, winning awards for both playwriting and directing. Her original musical, Joshing, was performed as a benefit at several La Jolla venues. She has also worked as one of the poet-teachers for the Border Voices Poetry Project, and her pieces on theater have appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune and in San Diego Magazine.