(Dear President Barack Obama)


You are correct, “Trayvon Martin could have been me”

I am a color-skinned American, a naturalized one

And I love our America no less than a U.S. President

Would you wish to see “I Have A Dream” carry on?


It’s a dream of our children’s character

That we parents must be responsible in such raising

It’s about actions and consequences, not racial sensitivity

A parent’s choice of abuse of race will just do them in


You are correct, “George Zimmerman could have been me”

I am still considered as color-skinned if my Dad or Mom were white

So the verdict was about characters, anger and violence

The law and due process was complete for George’s and Trayvon’s right


May my voice be heard -- as you promised when you ran for the Oval Office

May it be the voice of the admirers of Martin Luther King

Not the voice of the anger and the violence and the unscrupulous

Yes, the voice of an American poet within…



Linh Duy Vo

California, July 20, 2013©







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Poem sent to The President via The White House Contact website