Black Actors Pay Tribute to Trayvon Martin: “Little Black Boy Wonder”

Inspired by Black Boy Wonder Poem

Down A Mountain

Their stories
were entrenched in the echo of pain
long lived.
Today I stood before a mirror
that did not belong to me
and the reflection startled me.
I looked in as a woman
but stared out as a Black Man.
Vulnerable
but willing to slice
into scars
long silenced and abandoned
and recount pain
today with two hands
I covered my mouth
holding my breath
and blinking back truth
that burned down my cheeks.

(c) Kiana Davis 2013

Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

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