Kimi Sugioka is an educator and poet. She earned an MFA at Naropa University and has published two books of poetry; the newest of which is Wile & Wing on Manic D Press. As the Poet Laureate of Alameda, she engages the community in a multi-cultural and intergenerational exploration of poetry and literature. Her work appears in anthologies such as Civil Liberties United, Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Standing Strong, Colossus, and Colossus: Home.
Poem on Belonging
Being Joyful in the time of the Big Radical Sad is a revolutionary act. Buying a bottle of wine with what’s left after the rent check clears is a revolutionary act. Chopping celery and carrots for a soup you may make for tomorrow’s supper is a revolutionary act. Giving time to smile and visit with a fellow on the street, though you’ve nothing else to give, is a revolutionary act. Being happy and Queer having mirth while Black and Brown being a strong oak to those who call you Momma having a full heart though it is in many pieces is revolutionary. Doing all things in Love while the whole world straddles the Hate Divide is a revolutionary act. loving radically. This you shall do above all else—this revolutionary act.
Copyright © 2021 by Scott Bird. This poem originally appeared in Migozine January 2021. Used with permission of the author.