A Poem for Trayvon Martin

In light of the recent verdict in the Trayvon Martin case and the many acts of solidarity demanding justice for Trayvon, I decided to write a short poem that captures what I’ve been feeling from Berlin. I am in awe of my comrades and friends in New York City for continuing the fight against racism in the United States.

With love and solidarity,
Edna

The Many Shades of Blackness
by E. Bonhomme

Black was the color
That marked my ancestors from West Africa
Black was the shadow
That followed them while working on a Saint-Domingue plantation
Black was the color
That persisted in the center of their indelible irises
Black was the color
That absorbed the somatic effects of their lashing

Black is the color
That impugns a despotic society that denies its existence
Black is the color
That emulates the pulchritude of former slaves
Black is the color
That apprehends the necessity for making society anew
Black is the color
That unites a collective seeking to dismantle oppression

We are Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Troy Davis, and George Jackson
Because black imbibes the wraith of our past and the possibility for our future

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