Trayvon Martin and Our Nephews

My Deer Boy
Written by Mel Brake

Like a white tail deer
My boy is a target

Now that he has come of age
He is not that cute little black boy
Who sings in church, “ I have climbed on the rough side of the mountain”

He is open season
My boy does not know this

From his point of view
He feels the power in his sinewy legs
He grew facial fair and strings of curls on chin

His face is angular and his body is tight
His voice has deepened and his teeth are white

He is attractive
But rifles are aimed at his head for the kill

When he roams away from his home
The deer hunters are in waiting
In hospitals
In the courts
In the streets
In policing

Like a blackened outline in a shooting range
He is sport

Decoys are deployed
To entice him to fall into traps

Sex drugs easy money

Don’t want to lose my boy
Don’t want to see him shot down
Don’t want him dead

From his point of view
He does not give a damn
About the world and the world does not give a damn about my dear boy

About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at:
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2 Responses to Trayvon Martin and Our Nephews

  1. Dear Mel,
    How powerful, honest and pertinent this is. Thank you.


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