Editor’s Note: Bilquisu Abdullah, a member of Americans United’s Youth Organizing Fellowship, felt inspired by her work with AU to write this poem, which we are pleased to share with readers of Church & State.

“what it means …  and more”

what does it mean?

when spiritually

in my heart of hearts


my sacred soul

I am akin to the fight

that separates and frees

crossing state lines for survival

from the utopias of joy, pleasure and access we desire.


that separates and frees

reading a book in the secrecy of your own choosing

from awakenings stemming from stories that make you more visible and audible


that separates and frees

a doctor worried to give treatment

from providing affirming care for those they worked so hard to be in the room with


what does it mean?

to me?

when these things are separate and freed,

it pioneers


queer politics



and spiritual integrity

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