For Trayvon Martin

Reuben Jackson

Instead of sleeping—
I walk with him from the store.
No Skittles, thank you.

We do not talk much—
Sneakers crossing the courtyard.
Humid Southern night.

We shake hands and hug—
Ancient, stoic tenderness.
I nod to the moon.

I'm so old school—
I hang till the latch clicks like.
An unloaded gun.