Poet Laureate Describes Black Joy
April 28, 2021
I asked the first African American poet laureate of Prince William County, Virginia Kim B. Miller to describe what Black joy looks like to her in a series of haikus. Here is what she came up with:
Beauty You were looking for someone beautiful. I just showed you your mirror. Colors Red, black and green are not the color of strength. Black don’t need no sidekicks. Spaded We throw cards, spades. Smack big jokers and talk trash! No sportsmanship, just win! Gold Black gold doesn’t tarnish, because our love is priceless. Black love is soul rich. True True happiness is experienced in living color. Can’t mute us! Sistah Black diamond, yes sis that’s you, sparkle! That self-love drip is different! Both Love equals respect. I love you so I respect your boundaries too. Define Media sound bites cannot define Black love. Don’t ask Google either. Joy I breathe joy. I walk in my calling. I embrace my flaws. I see me. Our Our happiness is not negotiable. It is mandatory.
About the Poet:
Kim B Miller’s poetry is inspirational, her words are bold, and she is unapologetically blunt. Kim is the Poet Laureate for Prince William County, Virginia. She is the first African American Poet Laureate for PWC.
Kim has performed nationally in person and internationally online.
She is an award-winning poet. Kim is the 2019 Southern Fried Haiku Champion.
Her latest powerful poetry book is called: My Poetry is The Beauty You Overlook. It has 10 poems, 10 Kimisms (sayings), and 100 haikus.
Visit Kim’s online store and website at www.kimbmiller.com.
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