Gay Times Magazine - - CONTENTS - Il­lus­tra­tion Christa Jar­rold Poem Travis Alabanza

In cel­e­bra­tion of UK Black His­tory Month, ac­tivist Travis Alabanza pens a tri­umphant poem on the en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween QPOC and their his­tory.

I step with the heel of Mar­sha and the toe of Mor­ris.

Dodge glances with the pre­ci­sion of Bald­win

Click on the floor with the force of Mal­com,

X marks the spot in which to be only in past is to be in priv­i­lege.

I do not know a sin­gle bi­nary that makes sense.

And his­tory and present feels some­thing cre­ated by them But you and I know that our sto­ries are never that sim­ple. We are not af­forded the lux­ury of rest­ing peace­fully.

In­stead we walk with the power of our his­tory, voice opens and out comes the us, over the I, eye shuts as one hun­dred other’s watch for you, a hug that feels to warm to just be in this life­time.

To be just an in­di­vid­ual is to set­tle in lonely, to recog­nise our his­tory is to stand with in present, to know Black is to feel time not make sense to un­der­stand how we can live both dead and still breath­ing.

Our his­tory is my an­ces­tors past, which is your to­day,

and their to­mor­row.

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