Is there an app for justice? (for Trayvon Martin)

Is there an app for justice? (for Trayvon Martin)

A Poem by Tinasha LaRayé

I wrote this a year ago. I knew what the verdict would be even then. And still, I am shocked...speechless...and overwhelmed with grief for this system and any progress we thought we were making.


40 acres and a mule...

Is there an app for that?

Can justice be downloaded

And peace rocked like a baseball cap

Popped to the side or swiveled around the back?

Or would that be too injudicious?

Might look suspicious…

That hoodie head-covered rendition

Of a tragic ending

With no resolution

Can we say revolution? 

And is there an app for that?

Or at least a t-shirt

Not to wear

But to wipe up the blood

Soaked into the earth

Caked on top of Scott

Caked on top of Byrd

Caked on top of Till

On top of Bill Browns

And KKK rounds

Of seed-stripped, charcoal skin

Is there an app

With revised “Stand your ground” instructions?

Is there an app

To download salvation

For these sins?

Is there an app

To set an alarm

To remind U.S. not to do this again?


Seems to win

If you got the right shade of skin

And an alibi

Better yet, a little white lie…or brown?

Is there an app for those?

Like angry birds?

Tossing little black boys through sling shots

Double tap to send them crashing into caskets

And mother’s tears

Except no replay can revive or resuscitate

Cold, black, bullet-holed bodies

With taste the rainbow-stained tongues

And iced tea sweating from pores of Arizona profiling

This American cavity

Corroded to the core

Cheesy, empty grins and smiles

No longer able to cover up miles deep of

Cut off ears, fingers, tongues, little privates, & hate.

The pearly white way

Starting to decay

Still waiting for that “we shall overcome someday”

Is there an app for that?

Or does that only come with the upgrade?

© 2013 Tinasha LaRayé

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Deep and.powerful words you've released. Unfortunately racism is still prominent. Courageous piece.

Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tinasha LaRayé

7 Years Ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I truly appreciated your encouraging words. It is unfortunate...we.. read more
Powerful and holds so many ugly truths... well done! I applaud this courageous write.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tinasha LaRayé

7 Years Ago

thanks for reading and your kind words!!!!
COLOR does matter or there wouldn't have been hoopla media storm of hoi polloi of the masses...I won't touch on the case because it has passed, but what I'll touch how you strongly emote your feelings on your called folks claiming they are against Rascism here don't want to relate or find common keeps perpetuating. Really deep thoughts with awesome metaphors.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Tinasha LaRayé

7 Years Ago

Yes - I concur with your sentiments. However, we must move forward and try to make an impact in the .. read more
¥ay $wagger

7 Years Ago

You are most welcome. :)

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4 Reviews
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Added on July 14, 2013
Last Updated on July 14, 2013
Tags: George Zimmerman, trial, murder, Stand Your Ground, hate, racial profiling, Trayvon Martin, teenage, death, self defense, pain, loss, justice


Tinasha LaRayé
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