Friday Nite Poetry: The Monday After Edition

Trayvon Martin shooting protest 2012 Shankbone 10

Trayvon Martin shooting protest 2012 Shankbone 10 (Photo credit: david_shankbone)

 

This weekend has been an emotional roller coaster ride with a wonderful family reunion and terrible news out of Florida. I hope we pale progressives remember what it means to be a good ally in light of this disgusting miscarriage of justice.

All False Witnesses

I am NOT Trayvon Martin
the bright light
of my mind
and soul
has not been snuffed like a match
caught in a hurricane wind

I am NOT Trayvon Martin
my criminality
assured of
simply by being
making me
a walking
talking
breathing
casus belli for a sick
little man

I am NOT Trayvon Martin
my family
not bereft
of all that I may yet accomplish
of endless holiday celebrations
they are not forced
to stare
at that empty seat
in their broken circle

I am NOT Trayvon Martin
my every action
scrutinized
demonized
analyzed
and turned to lies
to justify
my murder

I am NOT Trayvon Martin
my pearly white skin IS
a get out of jail free card
for each bag of weed
each public revelry
every misstep
and mistake

I am NOT Trayvon Martin
and neither are you

 

 

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