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Author: JOHNSON, GEORGIA DOUGLAS
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Johnson, Georgia Douglas    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
250 poems available by this author


A BIT OF SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: We search
Last Line: Before we die ...
Subject(s): Life


A DIM DOORWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Forty years rolled back the curtain
Last Line: Laughter I had lost so long.
Subject(s): Time


A FANTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: I breathe the lyric of my love
Last Line: One answering song to mine.


A PARADOX    Poem Text    
First Line: I know you love me better cold
Last Line: Unyieldingly?
Subject(s): Love


A SONG OF COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Brave as a lion I must be
Last Line: I sense it tho my sight is dim.
Subject(s): Courage; Valor; Bravery


AFTERGLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Through you, I entered heaven and hell
Last Line: To live it all again!
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Memory


ALIENS (TO YOU - EVERYWHERE! DEDICATED)    Poem Text    
First Line: They seem to smile as others smile, the masquerader's art
Last Line: While peace shall spread a rainbow o'er the earth from pole to pole.
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


AMOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Kiss me
Last Line: To die!
Subject(s): Carpe Diem; Love


ARMAGEDDON    Poem Text    
First Line: In the silence and the dark
Last Line: Even now the dawn appears!
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Negroes; American Blacks


ARMOR    Poem Text    
First Line: You cannot hurt me any more
Last Line: Oh, god, I love the old way best!
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


ATTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Fire - tears
Last Line: Of the heart.


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Believe me - when I say
Last Line: Into a blinding sunlight!
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


BENEDICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Go forth, my son
Last Line: Thy star-ways must be won!
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


BLACK WOMAN    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: I must not give you birth!
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BONDAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Many cages round me
Last Line: My garden walks lie inwardly!
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BREAK, BREAK MY HEART    Poem Text    
Last Line: Hide my scars!
Subject(s): Love – Loss Of


BREAK, BREAK MY HEART       


BROTHERHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, brothers all!
Last Line: That stumble down life's checkered street.
Subject(s): Brotherhood


BUT NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall be lonely in my grave
Last Line: And leave destiny to chance.
Subject(s): Carpe Diem


CALLING DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The right to make my dreams come true
Last Line: And stride into the morning-break!
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Dreams; Negroes; American Blacks; Nightmares


CELIBACY    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is the love that might have been
Last Line: Biding time!


COMMON DUST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: And who shall separate the dust
Last Line: The same as from the start?
Subject(s): African Americans; Mankind; Negroes; American Blacks; Human Race


COMPANIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: No, never quite alone am I.
Last Line: I know there will be sorrow.
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


CONCORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Nor shall I in sorrow repine
Last Line: To break the eternal amen!


CONTEMPLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We stand mute
Last Line: We stand mute!


COSMOPOLITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not wholly this or that
Last Line: Contains me.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


CREDO    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe in the ultimate justice of fate
Last Line: Is guidance enough for the conduct of men.
Subject(s): Justice; Racial Equality


CRYPTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: In your deep autumnal eyes
Last Line: And bow my head.


CURTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: When one has lived
Last Line: And struggle, struggle—to the end!
Subject(s): Life


DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Trailing night's sand-sifted stars
Last Line: Bathe humanity—new-born!
Subject(s): Birth; Dawn; Child Birth; Midwifery; Sunrise


DEAD DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dead days of rapture and despair
Last Line: Their rigors and perfume.


DEAD LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: The breaking dead leaves 'neath my feet
Last Line: To break of dead leaves in the heart?
Subject(s): Disappointment; Leaves


DELUGE    Poem Text    
First Line: A whisper at twilight, a sigh through the night
Last Line: To surges of rapture, or rivers of tears.


DELUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave me your hand
Last Line: That I had been blind!
Subject(s): Disillusion


DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ope! Ye everlasting doors, unto my soul's demand
Last Line: And I must stand within the halls resplendent, of my dreams.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The curtains of twilight are drawn in the west
Last Line: Good-bye to love's ship that ne'er sailed.
Subject(s): Despair


DESTINY    Poem Text    
First Line: I know my love is seeking me
Last Line: His footsteps, coming, coming near!
Subject(s): Love


DEVASTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: O love, you have shorn me, and rifled my heart
Last Line: That breaks as the plaint of a sorrowing child.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


DISPOSSESSED       
First Line: Day by day
Subject(s): Aging


DIVIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your lightest breath may fan my cheek
Last Line: Today.
Subject(s): Love


DREAM LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Always the world has ever been
Last Line: That gossamer my breast.
Subject(s): Life


ECLIPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Aflounder the uncompassed darkness of doubt
Last Line: Unanswered, unsuccored, alone!


ECSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not less than this, beloved
Last Line: Abloom for me and you.
Subject(s): Love


ELEVATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There are highways in the soul
Last Line: There are highways in the soul!


EMBLEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: A wordless kiss, a stifled sigh
Last Line: The cruse has failed, the lamp must die!


ENVOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Love calls me tonight
Last Line: Through the bare window pane.
Subject(s): Love


ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shadows, shadows
Last Line: Profound.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Shadows


ESTRANGEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Some day I shall be dead, and pride
Last Line: Above—where daisies nod?
Subject(s): Death; Love - Complaints; Dead, The


EVENTIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The silence of the brooding night
Last Line: That I may falter to thy arms.
Subject(s): Contentment; God


FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: The faint lose faith
Last Line: And yet—
Subject(s): Faith; Racism; Belief; Creed; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


FALLING GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Confusion, desuetude and gloom
Last Line: A shrine to deity!


FICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah! Love!
Last Line: Ere dark.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


FINALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: When love's triumphant day is done
Last Line: And leave the emptiness to me.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


FINIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I looked death calmly in the face
Last Line: Heart!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FOOTSTEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Passing ever, early, late
Last Line: And for them I listen low!


FOREDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Her life was dwarfed, and wed to blight
Last Line: Her soul, a bud,—that never bloomed.


FOREDOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Her life was dwarfed, and wed to blight
Last Line: Her soul, a bud,—that never bloomed
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


FUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: How deftly does the gardener blend
Last Line: With new-born forces!


GETHSEMANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the garden of sorrow
Last Line: In the hour that sorrow calls!
Subject(s): Gethsemane; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


GILEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Walk within thy own heart's temple, child, and rest
Last Line: Walk within thy own heart's temple, child, and rest.


GLAMOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: O come while youth's bright rosy veil
Last Line: For soon, too soon, we see!
Subject(s): Carpe Diem


GLOAMTIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shades of the gloaming around me are stealing
Last Line: Afar—where my uttermost longings abide.


GOAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I travel! My pilgrimage hither-ward lies
Last Line: My forehead to god, my feet in the dust.
Subject(s): Pilgrimages & Pilgrims


GOOD-BYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's say 'good-bye'
Last Line: Within the heart!
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


GOSSAMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The peerless boon of innocence
Last Line: Frail cobwebs—of the dawn.
Subject(s): Innocence


GUARDIANSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: That dusky child upon your knee
Last Line: That wields the locks of destiny!
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


HEGIRA    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, black man, why do you northward roam, and leave all the farm lands bare?
Last Line: Combat ajar!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


HOMING BRAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: There's music in the measured tread
Last Line: Stand in the pathway of their dreams!
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


HOPE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Frail children of sorrow, dethroned by a hue
Last Line: And each has his hour—to dwell in the sun!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOW MY HEART SINKS    Poem Text    
First Line: How my heart sinks when I behold the sad reflection of my face
Last Line: That I may gather strength to fuse from agony, a smile!
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


HUSKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Forever and forevermore
Last Line: An empty mocking, husk!


I CLOSED MY SHUTTERS FAST LAST NIGHT    Poem Text    


I CLOSED MY SHUTTERS FAST LAST NIGHT       


I GAZE INTO THE SUN       


I SING OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing of love who have no love
Last Line: To lull my heart to sleep.
Subject(s): Love


I WANT TO DIE WHILE YOU LOVE ME    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: Grow dim or cease to be!
Subject(s): Love; Death; Dead, The


I WANT TO DIE WHILE YOU LOVE ME       


I WANT TO LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall be all too still some day
Last Line: My bit of ashes to the dust.
Subject(s): Carpe Diem


I WONDER       


ILLUSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who hath not built his castles in the free and open air?
Last Line: Who bears his dream unshattered, from the dream-land where they're found?
Subject(s): Hallucinations & Illusions


IMPELLED    Poem Text    
First Line: Athwart the sky the great sun sails
Last Line: Revolving man to god again.
Subject(s): God


IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived in hell the other day
Last Line: With tears upon my pillows yet.
Subject(s): Love


IN QUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: With the first blush of morning, my soul is awing
Last Line: And slumber at night-fall, refreshed by my tears.
Subject(s): Love


INEVITABLY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There's nothing in the world that clings
Last Line: Like shadows in a looking-glass.
Subject(s): Memory


INEVITABLY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Inevitably we must share our bread
Last Line: Or be forever undone.
Subject(s): Brotherhood


INTERIM    Poem Text    
First Line: The days lie dark between our jeweled meetings
Last Line: And live!


INTERRACIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's build bridges here and there
Last Line: And span the gulf of challenge there.
Subject(s): Brotherhood


ISOLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone! Yes, evermore alone -- isolated each his way'
Last Line: We tread in solitude remote, the trail of destiny!
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


IVY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a woman
Last Line: I am a woman.
Subject(s): Women


JOY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a soft rosy glow o'er the whole world to-day
Last Line: O soul of me, drink, ere night falleth again!
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


JOY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: There's nothing certain, nothing sure
Last Line: Some moments rare and rapture-kist
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


LAOCOON    Poem Text    
First Line: This spirit-choking atmosphere
Last Line: This death-grip from my soul!


LE SOIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Mute-lipped
Last Line: O'er the edge of day!


LET ME NOT HATE    Poem Text    
First Line: There's nothing certain, nothing sure
Last Line: On down the world's grim night!
Subject(s): Hate


LET ME NOT LOSES MY DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me not lose my dream, e'en though I scan the veil with eyes unseeing ...
Last Line: Hold me, and guard, lest anguish tear my dreams away!
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


LETHE    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not ask for love, ah! No,
Last Line: To sink in quiet seas.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LITTLE KING    Poem Text    
First Line: From worshipping I now arise
Last Line: Will love you well, nor love you long.


LITTLE SON    Poem Text    
First Line: The very acme of my woe
Last Line: In turmoil and delight.
Subject(s): African Americans - Children; Mothers


LOST ILLUSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, for the veils of my far away youth
Last Line: [or, shielding my heart from the blaze of truth!]
Variant Title(s): Illusion
Subject(s): Aging; Hallucinations & Illusions; Innocence


LOVE COME AND GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider me a memory, a dream that passed away;
Last Line: Within, without the vassal heart—its reasoning, who knows?
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LOVE IS SO SMALL A THING, YOU SAY       


LOVE'S MIRACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: So like a boundless, soundless sea
Last Line: I'll live and live and live—today!
Subject(s): Love


LOVE'S TENDRILS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweeter far than lyric rune
Last Line: Sounds her heart-beat in my soul.
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


LOVELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange atoms we unto ourselves
Last Line: And love the light between.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


MAGDALEN    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day that the world shall end my dear
Last Line: And forfeited heaven for him.
Subject(s): Mary Magdalen; Sacrifices; Women In The Bible; Mary Magdalene


MATE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Our separate winding ways we trod
Last Line: Whose souls were welded with the stars.
Subject(s): Worship


MATE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the countless teeming throng
Last Line: A haunting memory.
Subject(s): Love; Memory; Women


MATERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Proud?
Last Line: I view this babe of sorrow!
Subject(s): African Americans; Babies; Negroes; American Blacks; Infants


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Love's roses I gathered, all dewy, in may
Last Line: I hear not the tempest, I'm dreaming of spring.
Subject(s): Spring


MIRRORED    Poem Text    
First Line: When lone and solitaire within your chamber
Last Line: The tidal thoughts, like limpid waters, flow.


MODULATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The petals of the faded rose
Last Line: Or breathes in love sublime.
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


MOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart is pregnant with a great despair
Last Line: In frowning fortune smiling destiny!


MOTHERHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't knock on my door, little child
Last Line: I cannot give you birth.
Variant Title(s): Black Woman
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Despair; Mothers; Pregnancy


MY BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear you singing happily
Last Line: Before it melts in tears!
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


MY HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear you singing happily
Last Line: Like the falling of a leaf.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


MY LITTLE DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm folding up my little dreams
Last Line: Tonight, within my heart.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Dreams; Nightmares


OFFERING    Poem Text    
First Line: I seek no token of you dear
Last Line: Love's flower on your breast.
Subject(s): Love


OH NIGHT OF LOVE, YOUR RAPT ECSTATIC HOURS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Unmindfully along life's misty ways
Subject(s): Love


OH NIGHT OF LOVE, YOUR RAPT ECSTATIC HOURS       


OLD BLACK MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: They have dreamed as young black men dream
Last Line: As though they did not care.
Subject(s): Old Age; African Americans; Dreams; Disappointment; African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks; Nightmares; Negroes; American Blacks


OLD BLACK MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: They have dreamed as young men dream
Last Line: As though they did not care.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


OLD LOVE LETTERS       


OMEGA    Poem Text    
First Line: The fragile fabric of our dream
Last Line: God grant that I remember not!


OMNIPRESENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether I travel by land or by sea
Last Line: For ever his image looms large in my heart!
Subject(s): Love


ONE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Good-bye dear day of sunshine, rain
Last Line: Which nothing can destroy.


ONE LIVES TOO LONG       


ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE, MY LITTLE ONE'    Poem Text    
First Line: The infant eyes look out amazed upon the frowning earth
Last Line: That loves a world all loveless, and smiles on calvary!
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


PAGES FROM LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not for your tender eyes that shine
Last Line: A woman passes solitaire!


PARODY    Poem Text    
First Line: You came
Last Line: Had come to me—in you!


PEACE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I rest me deep within the wood
Last Line: Forgetting, and—forgot!
Subject(s): Peace


PEACE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Peace on a thousand hills and dales
Last Line: In brotherhood forever.
Subject(s): Peace


PENDULUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I have swung to the uttermost reaches of pain
Last Line: On the rapturous swing of an infinite kiss.
Subject(s): Kisses; Pain; Suffering; Misery


PENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain is falling steadily
Last Line: And flood it as the sea!!
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


PERSPECTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some day
Last Line: That wound me!
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


PLEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: With kisses I'll awake you love
Last Line: I'll kiss your eyes good-night.
Subject(s): Love


POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold! The living thrilling lines
Last Line: Entwines the fragments of a heart.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POSTHUMOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of what avail the tardy showers
Last Line: Pulses quivering, to die.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


PREJUDICE    Poem Text    
First Line: These fell miasmic rings of mist, with ghoulish menace bound
Last Line: The fire of whose furnaces may sleep—but never dies!
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


PRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: To pride, upon its altar, what priceless offerings we bring
Last Line: We strive to still the heart's low cries.
Subject(s): Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the moil and the gloom they have issued
Last Line: The gleam of a bright morning star!
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


PROVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Were you a leper bathed in wounds
Last Line: Its impetus and goal!
Subject(s): Love


QUERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Is she the sage who will not sip
Last Line: And turns with smiling face—to die?


QUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The phantom happiness I sought
Last Line: Descend—my search is o'er.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Where are the brave men, where are the strong me?
Last Line: Of prejudice.
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


READIED    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot see beyond the rim
Last Line: Before the sands have run.


RECALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter -- aback sweeps the inward eye
Last Line: ('tis winter, the falling rain).


RECESSIONAL (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider me a memory, a dream that passed away!
Last Line: Within, without, the vassal heart -- its reasoning who knows?
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


RECESSIONAL (2)       
First Line: My life flares up like a dying torch
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


RECOMPENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Roses after rain
Last Line: In the heart's twilight!
Subject(s): Consolation


REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: When love's brief dream is done
Last Line: Remember through the night.


REPULSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody cares when I am glad
Last Line: Nobody cares when I am sad.
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Estrangement; Outcasts


REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I weep these tears upon my bier
Last Line: Who knows that I am dead
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


RESOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: With but one life full certified
Last Line: And swear to make my dreams come true!


RETROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Love's kisses spurned so long ago
Last Line: Would I might give—for memories.
Subject(s): Memory


RETROSPECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: After all
Last Line: For I can never know regret.
Subject(s): Memory


RETURN (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, / like the pines intoning
Last Line: May sup.
Subject(s): Love


RETURN (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm sending out a thousand ships upon the world-wide sea
Last Line: But they will all come sailing back again, to me, sometime!


REVIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I fear my power impotent
Last Line: I mark love's fleeting hours pass.
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


RHYTHM    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, my fancy teems with a world of dreams
Last Line: On the breath of my soul-strung lyre.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young
Last Line: He has been dead the while!
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Romance


SAVORING THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: I am savoring the past
Last Line: As it breaks my heart again.
Subject(s): Grief; Memory; Past; Sorrow; Sadness


SEPARATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Within your pulsing day
Last Line: Pray god you never know!
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


SEPULCHRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have mounded the corpse of my sorrow
Last Line: May know what lies buried there.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SERVICE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When we count out our gold at the end of the day
Last Line: Save the love we have shown to the children of men.
Variant Title(s): Measure;treasure (2)
Subject(s): Love; Materialism


SHALL I SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I say, 'my son, you're branded in this country's pageantry
Last Line: With a faith that shall not falter, in your heart and on your tongue!
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


SHARE MY WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall rebuild my world today
Last Line: To share my world with me.


SMOTHERED FIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman with a burning flame
Last Line: She breathed a soft—good-night!
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Passion


SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Though I should weep until the judgment
Last Line: Though I should weep until the judgment ...
Subject(s): Soldiers


SOMEBODY LOVED ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody loved me with all of his heart
Last Line: Somebody loved me with all of his heart.
Subject(s): Love; Memory


SONG OF A SPINSTER       
First Line: Ah me, life is so short
Subject(s): Mortality; Spinsters; Old Maids


SONG OF THE SINNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Just a bit of ashes
Last Line: Pray, sweet virgin, pray!
Subject(s): Sin


SONNET TO THOSE WHO SEE BUT DARKLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Their gaze uplifting from shoals of despair
Last Line: Charging the ultimate, rending the veil.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


SORROW SINGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear their viol-voices ringing
Last Line: Through a mist of falling tears!
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SOUVENIR    Poem Text    
First Line: A little hour of sunshine
Last Line: Which lives all vibrant still.
Subject(s): Memory


SPRINGTIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: All deep there stirs the throb of spring
Last Line: And breaks—unanswered, and alone.
Subject(s): Solitude; Spring; Loneliness


SPRINGTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Again it is the vibrant may
Last Line: Find incomplete the day, and long.
Subject(s): Spring


SUNSET    Poem Text    
First Line: And now
Last Line: Who lifts no futile plea for sun, but asks for clouds less grey.
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


SUPREME    Poem Text    
First Line: The fairest lips are those we kiss
Last Line: When life is just an afterglow.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


SYMPATHY    Poem Text    
First Line: My joy leaps with your ecstasy
Last Line: In my heart like bitter rain.
Subject(s): Sympathy; Empathy


TAPS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are embosomed in the sod
Last Line: With manifold fond measures.
Subject(s): Army - United States


TEARS AND KISSES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are tears sweet, refreshing like dewdrops that rise
Last Line: There are kisses that live in the hearts of the dead.
Subject(s): Kisses; Tears


THE AUDACIOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Only the audacious fly
Last Line: To make their dreams come true.
Subject(s): Courage; Valor; Bravery


THE BLACK RUNNER    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm awake, I'm away!
Last Line: My feet in the dust.
Subject(s): Track Athletics; Running Races; Pole Vaulting; Discus Throwing; Shot Putting; Running Hurdles


THE BUBBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I catch the bubble of life's joy
Last Line: A fallacy impassioned.
Variant Title(s): Searcher


THE CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the world's mad mocking strife
Last Line: A crucifixion in my dreams!
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


THE DREAMS OF THE DREAMER    Poem Text    
Last Line: Till it ceases to beat
Subject(s): Dreams


THE DREAMS OF THE DREAMER       


THE GIFT OF YEARS       
First Line: The mellow years have brought to me
Subject(s): Aging


THE HEART OF A WOMAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn
Last Line: While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women


THE INITIATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woes of flesh are naught
Last Line: To one who knows!


THE MAN TO BE    Poem Text    
First Line: I ride a-tilt because
Last Line: Your son!
Subject(s): Racial Equality


THE MEASURE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Men, by their glances, are masters or slaves.
Subject(s): Social Commentary; Relationships


THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mother soothes her mantled child
Last Line: The wordless measure of her woe.
Subject(s): Mothers


THE OCTOROON    Poem Text    
First Line: One drop of midnight in the dawn of life's pulsating stream
Last Line: Whose every breath is kindliness, whose hearts are purest gold.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE PASSING OF THE EX-SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Swift melting into yesterday
Last Line: These uncrowned pilgrims of the night!
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


THE POET SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much living have you done?
Last Line: And loving only giving.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE RETURN (1)    Poem Text    
Last Line: To hide my anguish, in the night.
Subject(s): Disappointment


THE RETURN (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The laws of changeless justice bind
Last Line: We march to god—abreast.
Subject(s): Equality


THE RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: White men's children spread over the earth
Last Line: White men's children in black men's skin.


THE SUPPLIANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Long have I beat with timid hands upon life's leaden door
Last Line: The strong demand, contend, prevail; the beggar is a fool!
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Negroes; American Blacks


THE TRUE AMERICAN       
First Line: America, here is your son, born of your iron heel
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Negroes; American Blacks


THE VANISHED ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: We're wending the trail of the vanishing road
Last Line: That lies at the end of the vanishing road.


THE WATCHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The long, grim years with iron tread
Last Line: Praying the light to break!


THE WILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When life is young, without a care
Last Line: Commingled with a tear.
Subject(s): Aging; Consolation


THRALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Fragile, tiny, just a sprite
Last Line: Be the gateway unto death.


THRALLDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Your voice keeps ringing down the day
Last Line: Like cherished chains of gold.


TIRED    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm tired, days and nights to me
Last Line: For I am tired—I would rest.
Subject(s): Weariness; Fatigue


TO A YOUNG WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a fool to dream that you
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Negroes; American Blacks


TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN    Poem Text    
First Line: Within the temple of our heart
Last Line: Beats in one mighty tide—for you!
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States


TO ATLANTA UNIVERSITY - ITS FOUNDERS AND TEACHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pass down the aisle of buried years to-night
Last Line: Their memories are deathless in our souls.
Subject(s): Atlanta University


TO EMILIE BIGELOW HAPGOOD - PHILANTHROPIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from the seried ranks you sway
Last Line: And lift to hope a token!
Subject(s): Charity; Hapgood, Emilie Bigelow; Philanthropy


TO GALLANT FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lord himself died on the cross
Last Line: Shall rise in victory!
Subject(s): France; World War Ii; Second World War


TO HENRY LINCOLN JOHNSON - LAWYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Quite firmly did you stand, and unafraid
Last Line: To rally in the tents of those you led.
Subject(s): Johnson, Henry Lincoln


TO JOHN BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: We lift a song to you across the day
Last Line: Until the judgment! Sentinel his rest!
Subject(s): Abolitionists; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; Anti-slavery; Serfs


TO MARY CHURCH TERRELL - LECTURER    Poem Text    
First Line: A pioneer, she blazed a trail of light
Last Line: And life's fruition is its vital dream!
Subject(s): Terrell, Mary Church (1863-1954)


TO MAY HOWARD JACKSON - SCULPTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: You saw the vision in the face of clay
Last Line: Robed in a queenly majesty, resigned.
Subject(s): Jackson, May Howard (1877-1931); Sculpture & Sculptors


TO RICHARD R. WRIGHT - INSTRUCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Son of a race, whose dusky visage shows
Last Line: A man is fashioned for the years to be!
Subject(s): Wright, Richard (1908-1960)


TO RIDGELY TORRENCE - PLAYWRIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: All hail! Fair vistas break upon the view
Last Line: Of him who wrought so mightily and well!
Subject(s): Torrence, Frederic Ridgely (1875-1950)


TO SAMUEL COLERIDGE UPON HEARING HIS 'SOME I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS..'    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange to a sensing motherhood
Last Line: Seeking the breast of an unknown face.
Subject(s): Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834); Mothers; Poetry & Poets


TO THE MANTLED    Poem Text    
First Line: And they shall rise and cast their mantles by
Last Line: Wearing the bays of victory complete!


TO THE MARTYRED    Poem Text    
First Line: O sacrificial throng whose live
Last Line: Upon your bier are laid.
Subject(s): Martyrs


TO THE MEMORY OF INEZ MILHOLLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Folded in silent veils of sleep
Last Line: On that great day!
Subject(s): Milholland, Inez (1886-1916); Boissevain, Inez Milholland


TO TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Day by day the threads of white
Last Line: Break not your arrow in my breast!
Subject(s): Time


TO W.E.B. DUBOIS - SCHOLAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandly isolate as the god of day
Last Line: Light of our impotence! Joy of our tongue!
Subject(s): Du Bois, William Edward B. (1868-1963); Reform & Reformers; Writing & Writers


TO WILLIAM STANLEY BRAITHWAITE    Poem Text    
First Line: When time has rocked the present age to sleep
Last Line: Shall permeate the heavens at your feet!
Subject(s): Braithwaite, William Stanley (1878-1962)


TRANSPOSITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Smiles do not always echo cheer
Last Line: And joy in tears, relief.
Subject(s): Facades; Appearances


TREASURE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: What matters though love's dream shall pass
Last Line: Encircled by love's afterglow?


TRIFLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Against the day of sorrow
Last Line: And a heart that is young again.
Subject(s): Memory


UNFORGETTABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: A triumph sweet
Last Line: Will be wherever you may sleep.


UPON PASSING AN OLD GRAVEYARD       
First Line: Grey slabs, awry or fallen
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


UTOPIA    Poem Text    
First Line: God grant you wider vision, clearer skies, my son
Last Line: Unto a waiting sunset!
Subject(s): African Americans - Children


VALUES    Poem Text    
First Line: All the pretty baubles spread
Last Line: And sears the nights that sum my life.


WE FACE THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The hour is big with sooth and sign, with errant men at war
Last Line: Shod with a faith that springtime keeps, and all the stars opine.
Subject(s): Future; World War I; First World War


WELT    Poem Text    
First Line: Would I mend the fabric of my youth
Last Line: Ere time has brushed cold fingers through my hair.
Subject(s): Time


WHAT NEED HAVE I FOR MEMORY?    Poem Text    
Last Line: Winding the trail regret?
Subject(s): Memory


WHAT NEED HAVE I FOR MEMORY?       


WHEN I AM DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am dead, withhold, I pray, your blooming legacy
Last Line: O, it would grieve me utterly, to find them on my bier!
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHEN I RISE UP    Poem Text    
First Line: When I rise above the earth
Last Line: And look down upon the things that fetter me.
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


WHENE'ER I LIFT MY EYES TO BLISS       


WHERE?    Poem Text    
First Line: I called you through the silent night
Last Line: Your bones recumbent lie.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHITHER?    Poem Text    
First Line: Minutes swiftly throb and pass
Last Line: From the hushed and silent tomb.


WHY    Poem Text    
First Line: The verdure sleeps in winter
Last Line: Only god can answer why!


WISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm tired of pacing the petty round of the ring of the thing
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Wishes; Negroes; American Blacks


WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unselfish, silent potently
Last Line: Into another's entity!
Subject(s): Women


YOU       
First Line: I do not want a jeweled crown
Subject(s): Love


YOUR EYES    Poem Text    
Last Line: And all my hopes
Subject(s): Eyes


YOUR EYES       


YOUR WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your world is as big as you make it
Last Line: With rapture, with power, with ease!
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


YOUTH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The dew is on the grasses, dear
Last Line: But nevermore the may!
Subject(s): Youth


YOUTH'S PROGENY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh the sad little dreams of the dim yesteryear
Last Line: Just to bid them good-night at the close of the day.
Subject(s): Memory; Youth