Seventeen – In Memory of Trayvon Martin


What did you dream of?
What wonderful things did you imagine?
So young, so hopeful
Innocent still in the ways
of the wicked world you lived in
The opportunities at your feet
were just waiting for you to take the first step
Your family and friends beside you
Supporting you
on the way to adulthood

But your future was stolen
By a gun-toting, self-anointed
savior of peaceful communities
“How dare you be black in my neighborhood
and wear a hoodie?”, thought he
“Stop!”, he said, as you reached in your pocket
for your Skittles candy
You fought back the monster with your hands
but he killed you and just like that,
you were gone from this world

A silenced teenager with no ID
and no one to tell your story
A John Doe lying in the morgue
while parents agonized
over where you were
He let you lay bleeding to death
Because he wanted to
He wanted someone, anyone
that night
He was mighty whitey
and he decided it was ok
He robbed you of your life
and your mother of her son

Today, February 5th
you should have been
celebrating your 26th birthday
What would you have been?
A doctor, a lawyer, a husband,
a father, a friend.
We will never know because
an armed neighborhood watch coordinator
killed you claiming protection under
the Florida law, Stand Your Ground,
and got away with your murder

Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved
In memory of Trayvon Martin
February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012
Aged 17
Murdered in Sanford, Florida while walking to his mother’s house in a gated community, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, . 

Rest in Peace
#Black Lives Matter

Word Prompts

Silence - RDP
Tell - FOWC

Wiki - The Shooting of Trayvon Martin

  8 comments for “Seventeen – In Memory of Trayvon Martin

  1. xochitl_
    February 9, 2021 at 1:32 am

    heartbreaking. a life so young taken.

  2. Marleen
    February 6, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I appreciate the thoughtful commemoration. Thank you for reminding me of the date.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Sure thing Marleen. I got an email from BLM reminding everyone that he would have been 26 yesterday and it brought it all back to me. It was so shocking and then to see his killer acquitted because of that law. All the kid had was some candy and a soft drink and that maniac killed him because Trayvon fought back.

  3. February 6, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Beautiful and touching

    • Christine Bolton
      February 6, 2021 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much Luisa. We have far too many shootings like this. Completely unnecessary 😢

      • February 6, 2021 at 11:34 am


  4. February 5, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    speechless at how many Trayvons there have been 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      February 5, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      Yes Lisa. I received an email this morning reminding me that Trayvon would have turned 26 today. Living in Florida and knowing what happened to him and that his killer was acquitted because of the “Stand Your Ground: law his story has never left me. It is so wrong. The poor kid didn’t stand a chance with a gun-happy monster like Zimmerman. 😢

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