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Stephen Mead 


Versatility's the key
the key      we're gonna be
be       we're gonna
imagine most any way
imagine & really breathe it
up      out from the bowels
down      across & into our lives
our lives      all of them
a sort of crossword
& everyone having letters
  a sort of chessboard
& everyone having the moves
you be knight      now queen
bishop    now rook
pawn now king
& goin'   more than one step
one direction
black/white power
& how come
there ain't more colors
or more women or more trans
& who made these rules
can't fool us
remembering love
l ove in the thick
of war
  of dawns
silver lightening the sky
the sunrise pink
the hands on top
on bottom
in the blood
the breath
birthing blossoms
a whole      variety

(A kiki is a social gathering, usually for the purpose of casually “kicking back,” gossiping, and sharing stories. It is historically connected to LGBTQ communities.
Alternatively, kiki is also the name of a ballroom drag subculture that celebrates gender nonconformity, racial diversity, and sexual openness.)

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