For Trayvon

National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills

National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills (Photo credit: mySAPL)

How fitting it is that April has come and with it the celebration of the poet and the poem. It is National Poetry Month and there is a plethora of controversial topics to ponder and reflect upon. As for this writer, I am committing to writing something that resembles a poem each day, even if it’s only 3 or 4 lines.

Today I offer this one:

For Trayvon

we are moved
like an army of freedom fighters
ant-like activists carrying 10 times our weight
we are moved to our feet
our feet begin to walk
our walk becomes a march
our march becomes a stand
our stand becomes a movement
our movement gets attention
our Andy-Warhol fifteen minutes

and we
like bucks reacting to the crunch underfoot
listen to the beat of the drum major
for justice

and we cry waterfalls of salty tears
that pool up in our ears
from upturned faces
because we know
that what one Martin knew
to be true had become the truth for another Martin:
injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere[1]


[1] Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963; US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 – 1968)

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3 Responses to “For Trayvon”

  1. Rosie Bishop Says:

    Good for you, Diane. The Martins keep speaking and we carry their message. We are all ONE.

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