The Negro Siren Sings (A Hymn) By Taylor Lauren Davis

The Negro Siren Sings (A Hymn)

Upon learning that Disney’s live-action movie, The Little Mermaid, cast
Halle Bailey as Ariel, I daydream that I too am a black mermaid.

beneath the Omnipotent
moon, i watched
a slave ship

silly sailors, they drowned
smiling, lovesick with

many have offered a trade
but, there is nothing
I would give
for this

By Taylor Lauren Davis


Taylor Lauren Davis is a black American poet, attorney, and retired nurse from Memphis, TN. She is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Her works have appeared in Poet Lore, Button Poetry, Rust + Moth, Torch Literary Arts, and elsewhere.

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