Note from Maysie: I wrote this a week ago and posted it on Facebook. While this is a departure from what I usually post here on my blog I figured, what the hell. Plus I was inspired by this wonderful piece by Black Girl Dangerous: 10 Thing Us Queers (And the Rest of Y’all) Can Do Today to Grow a Little . Read it.
This poem/manifesto/screed is dedicated to all my heartmates. You know who you are.
I’m not laid back, easy-going or chill. I will demand a lot of you if you’re going to be in my life as a friend, a political comrade, an ally, or a lover.
I require emotional honesty. I expect truth, kindness, humour, love, ferocity and silliness.
I will dig into my issues, I will be vulnerable, I will tell you my weaknesses/ challenges, I will describe my process, my personal and political struggles. And I will listen when you do the same.
I desire intelligence, critical thinking, tenacity and a true heart of compassion and anger, because all of these energize me and sustain me.
I’m a fighter, a righter of wrongs, a short, plump community-based grassroots super-hero. Nothing can stop me. But I can’t do it by myself.
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