a thank you letterBy Jessica Sullivan | Apr. 25, 2019
This week’s “Small Talk” is another beautiful poem from Melanin Speaking writer Jessica Sullivan, showing the importance of creativity and ingenuity. let’s make a painting. we’ll need all the colors for this one, burgundy, sapphire, teal, gold, brown. pick up your brush don’t you see this space is waiting for us? we’ll unleash a wheelhouse watch our colors collide what we’ll create will be breathtaking.
I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. Not for the sexy, mystical persona, The slim figure sunbathing on a rock, nah, I want to be a mermaid for the tail. I want to swim into the waters that swallowed My ancestors, feel my beautiful glistening tail Power through the waves, go back Through time, meet all of those who left too soon. I imagine when we die the earth enveloped us back In its arms it made us mermaids, Ethereal and magical. I want to delve deep into the waters That we call home, Swim up to Emmett Till as he was Before the lynching, a gorgeous black Boy with a tail that matched the color Of the autumn leaves. He’d welcome me home with the sun in his smile, Ask if the world is better now. How do I tell a boy who died in 1955 The trees still seep our blood, That we’re in a losing race with bullets? We’d swim together, water particles Brushing our skin like we’re kindred spirits, He’d show me the family I’ve never known. I’d play messenger for the unarmed black boys Who want to tell their families they’re okay, Now, there’s no to worry for our safety because Who would shoot a mermaid? I can’t look at the water Without seeing the ships, they’re calling me home, waiting to welcome me with open arms. What can I say, I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid.
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