march thirty one: The Anthology For Justice Project – Join The Movement #PoetsUnite

#TrayvonMartin The Anthology For Justice Project

In honor of #TrayvonMartin and the fight to bring his killer, a vigilante Neighborhood Watch Captain gone rogue named #GeorgeZimmerman to justice, I’m asking that anyone who considers him or herself a poet, spoken word artist, etc. to share your poetry with me. And not just any poetry, I want to you to send me any piece (new or old), haiku, free verse, whatever, that is originally written by you, that speaks to the idea of JUSTICE or in this case, injustice in America.

I’m an activist at heart and while I don’t have the option to march across campus for various issues as I did in my Kent State undergrad days of the 1990s, I have an idea that will let me put my grassroots activism juices to work. Because I probably won’t be able to attend any of the rallies in Florida (as I imagine many of you won’t be able to either), I feel compelled, as I hope you do, to #BeActive and show your support to Trayvon’s family and all of the other youth all over the world.  I strongly encourage you to participate in The Anthology For Justice Project.   Even if we can’t be present in Florida, I think that we can still be empowered and continue to raise our voices through the power of our creative writing.

If you wish to JOIN THE MOVEMENT, I want to start it off with individual poems posted on my blog first, and hopefully we can move to a submission of You Tube spoken word videos, depending on how far this goes.  Please send your ORIGINAL (I emphasize original) written work to me in one of four (4) ways: 1) email me at , 2) Leave a comment on this blog post – a link to your work, a poem, etc.  3) Tweet me a link of your work (if it’s already on a blog or website) to my Twitter (@ivywriter), or 4)  just tweet a haiku, with the suggested hashtags.  If you choose to tweet your poem or a link to your poem to me, please use all or a combination of the following hashtags: #PoetsUnite,  #AnthologyForJustice,  and #BeActive (try to use at least one of them).   Remember, this is an experiment for justice so please share and spread it to as many poets that you know so that we can let the State of Florida and the U.S. Justice system know that we demand equal treatment for all victims of violent crime.

And P.S. Let’s please make sure we teach our kids what “Neighborhood Watch” really means. It means looking out for your neighbors and friends, being a little nosey, and calling 911. That’s It!  It doesn’t mean being a vigilante and shooting because you feel like it. Justice for #TrayvonMartin

#PoetsUnite #AnthologyForJustice #BeActive

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from all of my fellow poets!


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march thirty one: poetry for justice- In Recognition of #TrayvonMartin Blog-In Day

I just realized that I haven’t been affected by a teenager’s death and I haven’t felt compelled to write about one specific young person’s death since high school, when a young girl in Cleveland named Diah Harris was killed by her sister back in the early 90s. There was just something about that case that haunted me, bothered me, made me feel like I had to be connected to her in some way, even though I had never met her. I feel the same way about Trayvon Martin. I write this poem today in recognition of the terrible injustice that took place in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012 when a vivacious young African American boy, Trayvon Martin, was shot down in a claim of self defense.  How shameful it is that once again, America is gripped by the untimely death of another child who was an innocent bystander and who’s death quite possibly, may go away without being avenged by our criminal justice system.  

I also felt compelled to write this poem after viewing this haunting photo of Trayvon which, to me, speaks volumes about the innocence of our youth in America and how we should

Trayvon Martin, Gone Too Soon!

value and love all of them, and not just a chosen few.  His face reminds me of the little boys I grew up with, my cousins, my friends children and all of the little Black boys I see walking around everyday. I hope that you are as appalled and outraged as I, and others across the globe are, and I hope that you will never forget his face.

A Poem For Trayvon by Kellea Tibbs

in his eyes, you can see every kid in America

you can see his hopes, his dreams, his wishes

you can see him playing with other kids his age

shooting hoops and having fun

how unfortunate

to be taken away so soon

he’s our child

he’s America’s child

not just another black child

but his untimely demise

represents us all

and if you love everything

about being an American

all of the rights

and privileges

even the option to walk down the street

free and clear of harm

or the notion that

you  might be shot down senselessly

then you WILL cry out

you SHOULD cry out

you should cry

for this beautiful child

another gone too soon

who will speak for Trayvon

who will speak for all of the parents

all of the grandparents, aunts, uncles

all of the sisters, all of the brothers

all of the cousins, all of the classmates

all of the teachers, all of the neighbors

who will miss him

we must speak up

even those of us

who didn’t even know him

but know him in our hearts

who love him

despite never meeting him

rest in peace


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march thirty one poetry: “I Hate You” – my ode to Rush Limbaugh and all things Women’s Rights

Rush Limbaugh - Caricature

Rush Limbaugh - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

In light of Women’s History Month, This poem is dedicated to all the beautiful women of the world, our ancestors, our freedom fighters, our mothers, aunts, grandmothers — our sisters who fight everyday to make it so that we have all of the rights and equalities due to us, just because we are women, and just because we are the ones who bear life and bear the brunt of life. I thank you! And in defense of you, I wrote this poem.  The world is getting uglier and some men, especially those conservative, evangelical perpetrators, have got it in their heads that it’s okay to treat the very people who brought them into the world and raised them up, like dirt.  We are more than sexual beings for them to trash around town and it’s up to us to keep making them remember that they can’t just walk all over us, we are not their punching bags, and we are not jokes to be made fun of to make themselves popular across America’s airwaves.  

I Hate You by Kellea Tibbs (aka ivywriter)

I don’t normally use the word HATE
All willy nilly
And as freely as
It’s flowing
Off my tongue right now

But, Rush Limbaugh.

I Hate You!

And much like my girl  Kelis
When she declared her
Utter hatred
For old dude
In her
Womanist filled classic
Women’s Rights
Pledge of alliance
To all things fair in the land of

relationship inequality
Rush Limbaugh
“I hate you so much right now!”

Without a doubt

I will put my disdain for you
On 100% of my government health benefits
My so-called entitlement (according to you)
To have birth control
And all things contraceptive
Available at my
Beckoned call
Because, well,

I Hate You!

And It’s my right
As a citizen

As this strong willed female citizen

So just like
Your right to freedom of speech
To spew your
Sexist saturated
Lude, rude words
At women
As if we are pieces of meat
As if it’s not okay
For us
To prevent pregnancy
As if it’s not our right
To say NO
To a Fat, unattractive
Unsexy  rapist of sorts –
A sexual assaulter of words
Such as you

You hypocritical evangelical

loud mouthed, conservative

bag of hot air
Rush Limbaugh.

You can kick rocks
I guarantee you
With all my heart and soul
And in defense of all women and girls
In the world
Who feel disrespected
And violated by you
And other jerks like you

I –  HATE  – YOU!

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