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Author: CULLEN, COUNTEE
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Cullen, Countee    Poet's Biography
93 poems available by this author


A BROWN GIRL DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: With two white roses on her breasts
Last Line: To see herself tonight
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


A SONG OF PRAISE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have not heard my love's dark throat
Last Line: Discovers one as fair
Subject(s): African Americans; Desire; Love; Negroes; American Blacks


ADVICE TO YOUTH       
First Line: Since little time is granted here


AT THE WAILING WALL IN JERUSALEM       
First Line: Of all the grandeur that was solomon's
Last Line: Rebuild upon the ancient site of things.


ATLANTIC CITY WAITER       
First Line: With subtle poise he grips his tray
Last Line: Set where the sun strikes free


BLACK MAGDALENS       
First Line: These have no christ to spit and stoop
Subject(s): Prostitution


BLACK MAJESTY       
First Line: These men were kings, albeit they were black
Last Line: And we were black,' three shades reply, 'but kings.'


BROWN BOY TO BROWN GIRL       
First Line: As surely as I hold your hand in mine
Last Line: I held your hand this way upon a hill, %and felt my heart forbear, my pulse grow still


BROWN GIRL DEAD       
First Line: With two white roses on her breasts
Last Line: To see herself tonight
Subject(s): African Americans


CHRISTUS NATUS EST    Poem Text    
First Line: In bethlehem / on christmas morn
Last Line: Hosannah! Christus natus est
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


CHRISTUS NATUS EST       
First Line: In bethlehem %on christmas morn
Last Line: Hosannah! Christus natus est
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Religion


EPITAPH: A LADY I KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She thinks that even up in heaven
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


EPITAPH: FOR A FOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: On earth the wise man makes the rules


EPITAPH: FOR A LADY I KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She thinks that even up in heaven
Last Line: To do celestial chores.
Subject(s): African Americans; Religion; Social Classes; Negroes; American Blacks; Theology; Caste


EPITAPH: FOR A MOUTHY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: God and the devil still are wrangling
Last Line: Satan has enough in hell
Variant Title(s): For A Mouthy Woman
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


EPITAPH: FOR A MOUTHY WOMAN       
First Line: God and the devil still are wrangling
Last Line: Satan has enough in hell
Variant Title(s): For A Mouthy Woma
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


EPITAPH: FOR A PREACHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Vanity of vanities
Subject(s): Vanity


EPITAPH: FOR A VIRGIN LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: For forty years I shunned the lust
Last Line: I let him have his way.
Subject(s): Lust; Death; Dead, The


EPITAPH: FOR A WANTON    Poem Text    
First Line: To men no more than such cover


EPITAPH: FOR JOHN KEATS, APOSTLE OF BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not writ in water nor in mist
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


EPITAPH: FOR JOHN KEATS, APOSTLE OF BEAUTY       
First Line: Not writ in water nor in mist
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry And Poets


EPITAPH: FOR MY GRANDMOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: This lovely flower fell to seed
Last Line: That she would grow again.
Subject(s): Grandparents; African Americans; Death; Flowers; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


EPITAPH: FOR MY GRANDMOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: This lovely flower fell to seed
Last Line: That she would grow again.
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Flowers; Grandparents; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


EPITAPH: FOR ONE WHO GAILY SOWED HIS OATS    Poem Text    
First Line: My days were a thing for me to live
Subject(s): Carpe Diem


EPITAPH: FOR PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Born of the sorrowful of heart
Subject(s): African Americans; Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906); Negroes; American Blacks


EPITAPH: FOR PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR       
First Line: Born of the sorrowful of heart
Last Line: In jest, to hide a heart that bled
Subject(s): African Americans; Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906)


FOR A PESSIMIST    Poem Text    
First Line: He wore his coffin for a hat
Last Line: And waved a bit of crape
Subject(s): Pessimism


FOR A PESSIMIST       
First Line: He wore his coffin for a hat
Subject(s): Pessimism


FOR AMY LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: She leans across a golden table
Subject(s): Lowell, Amy (1874-1925)


FOR DAUGHTERS OF MAGDALEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ours is the ancient story
Last Line: That would not toil or spin
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


FOR DAUGHTERS OF MAGDALEN       
First Line: Ours is the ancient story
Last Line: That would not toil or spin
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


FOR HAZEL HALL, AMERICAN POET       
First Line: Soul-troubled at the febrile ways of breath
Last Line: It's kind of you to let me take your arm'


FOR ONE WHO GAYLY SOWED HIS OATS       
First Line: My days were a thing for me to live
Last Line: Rind, inner fruit, and core


FROM THE DARK TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: We shall not always plant while others reap
Last Line: And wait, and tend our agonizing seeds.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FRUIT OF THE FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: My father is a quiet man
Last Line: That flushes this wild fruit?
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


FRUIT OF THE FLOWER       
First Line: My father is a quiet man
Subject(s): Parents


HERITAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: What is africa to me
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans - History; Black Heritage


HERITAGE       
First Line: What is africa to me
Last Line: Lest the grave restore its dead. %not yet has my heart or head %in the least way realized %they and
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans - History


I HAVE A RENDEZVOUS WITH LIFE    Poem Text    
Last Line: I keep life's rendezvous
Subject(s): Fate; Life


I HAVE A RENDEZVOUS WITH LIFE       


IN MEMORY OF COLONEL CHARLES YOUNG       
First Line: Along the shore the tall, thin grass
Last Line: From your rich dust and slaughtered will %a tree with tongues will grow


INCIDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Once riding in old baltimore
Subject(s): African Americans; Baltimore, Maryland; Racism; Social Protest; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


INCIDENT       
First Line: Once riding in old baltimore
Last Line: Of all the things that happened there %that's all that I remember
Subject(s): African Americans; Baltimore, Maryland; Racism; Social Protest


KARENGE YA MARENGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherein are words sublime or noble? What
Subject(s): Patriotism; India; Liberty


KARENGE YA MARENGE       
First Line: Wherein are words sublime or noble? What
Last Line: At those same words cried in the english tongue?


LIFE TO LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Four winds and seven seas have called me friend
Last Line: That love is king and creed and persian law
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


LIFE TO LOVE, SELS.       
First Line: Four winds and seven seas have called me friend
Last Line: That love is king and creed and persian law
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


LINES TO CERTAIN OF ONE'S ELDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: You, too listless to examine
Last Line: Than go ambling with the ague.


LINES TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The many sow, but only the chosen reap;
Subject(s): Fathers


LOSS OF LOVE       
First Line: All through an empty place I go


LOST ZOO       
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


MAGNETS       
First Line: The straight, the swift, the debonair
Last Line: These magnets draw my heart their way


MARY, MOTHER OF CHRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: That night she felt those searching hands
Last Line: How could she know the rest?
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


MARY, MOTHER OF CHRIST       
First Line: That night she felt those searching hands
Subject(s): Christmas


NEAR WHITE       
First Line: Ambiguous of race they stand
Last Line: And cry, 'my sister' or 'my brother'


ONE WHO SAID ME NAY       
First Line: This much the gods vouchaefe today


PROTEST       
First Line: I long not now, a little while at least


PROUD HEART       
First Line: That lively organ, paliptant and red


SATURDAY'S CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Some are teethed on a silver spoon
Subject(s): Holidays; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


SATURDAY'S CHILD       
First Line: Some are teethed on a silver spoon
Last Line: The only kind of middle wife %my folks could beg or borrow
Subject(s): Holidays; Labor And Laborers


SCOTTSBORO, TOO, IS WORTH ITS SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I said
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SCOTTSBORO, TOO, IS WORTH ITS SONG       
First Line: I said
Last Line: Surely, I said, %now will the poets sing. %but they have raised no cry. %I wonder why
Subject(s): African Americans


SHE OF THE DANCING FEET SINGS       
First Line: And what would I do in haven, pray


SHROUD OF COLOR       
First Line: Lord, being dark, I said, I cannot bear
Last Line: My sight was clear; I looked and saw the rising sun


SIMON THE CYRENIAN SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: He never spoke a word to me
Last Line: With bruise of lash or stone.
Variant Title(s): Shadowed
Subject(s): Bible; Jesus Christ; Religion; Simon Of Cyrene; Theology


SONG IN SPITE OF MYSELF       
First Line: Never love with all your heart
Last Line: And find another lover


SONG OF PRAISE       
First Line: You have not heard my love's dark throat
Last Line: Then seal your lips until the sun %discovers one as fair
Subject(s): African Americans; Desire; Love


SPIRIT VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Against our puny sound and sight
Last Line: Hues never thought there unrevealed
Subject(s): Keller, Helen (1880-1968)


SPIRIT VISION       
First Line: Against our puny sound and sight
Last Line: Hues never thought there unrevealed
Subject(s): Keller, Helen (1880-1968)


TABLEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Locked arm in arm they cross the way
Subject(s): Friendship


TABLEAU       
First Line: Locked arm in arm they cross the way
Last Line: That lightning brilliant as a sword %should blaze the path of thunder
Subject(s): Friendship


THAT BRIGHT CHIMERIC BEAST       


THE LITANY OF THE DARK PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Our flesh that was a battle-ground
Last Line: Are merged in paradise.
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Jesus Christ; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


THE LOST ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: We wear the mask that grins and lies
Last Line: We wear the mask
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


THE UNKNOWN COLOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I've often heard my mother say
Subject(s): Wind


THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE IT LISTETH    Poem Text    
First Line: Live like the wind, he said, 'unfettered'
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THOUGHTS IN A ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: They in their cruel traps, and we in ours,
Subject(s): Zoos


THRENODY FOR A BROWN GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Weep not, you who love her
Last Line: We need elegies.
Subject(s): Death; African American Women; Dead, The


TO A BROWN GIRL       
First Line: What if this glance is bold and free


TO AN UNKNOWN POET       
First Line: Love is enough,' I read somewhere


TO CERTAIN CRITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Then call me traitor if you must,
Subject(s): Criticism And Critics; Race Awareness


TO JOHN KEATS, POET, AT SPRING TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot hold my peace, john keats
Last Line: John keats, keep revel with me, too.
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets; Spring


TO LOVERS OF EARTH: FAIR WARNING       
First Line: Give over to high things the fervent thought


TO THE SWIMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now as I watch you, strong of arm and endurance, battling and struggling
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


TWO THOUGHTS OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am dead, it will not be
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


UNCLE JIM    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Race Awareness


UNCLE JIM       
First Line: White folks is white,' says uncle jim
Last Line: My mind should stray the grecian urn %to muse on uncle jim


UNDER THE MISTLETOE    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not know she'd take it so
Last Line: Or else I never dared
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


UNDER THE MISTLETOE       
First Line: I did not know she'd take it so
Last Line: I did not know she'd take it so, %or else I'd never dared
Subject(s): Christmas


UNKNOWN COLOR       
First Line: I've often heard my mother say
Last Line: Poor little pigs, they see the wind'
Subject(s): Wind


WISDOM COMETH WITH THE YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am young and credulous
Last Line: The barren days come, too.
Subject(s): Aging; Wisdom


YET DO I MARVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I doubt not god is good, well-meaning, kind
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


YET DO I MARVEL       
First Line: I doubt not god is good, well-meaning, kind
Last Line: Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: %to make a poet black, and bid him sing
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism