Countee Cullen
Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds by Countee Cullen

Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds by Countee Cullen

Since men grow diffident at last,And care no whit at all,If spring be come, or the fall be past,Or how the cool rains fall, I come to no flower but I pluck,I raise no cup but I ...

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Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen

Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen

I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kindAnd did He stoop to quibble could tell whyThe little buried mole continues blind,Why flesh that mirrors Him must some day die,Make plain ...

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A Brown Girl Dead by Countee Cullen

A Brown Girl Dead by Countee Cullen

With two white roses on her breasts, White candles at head and feet, Dark Madonna of the grave she rests; Lord Death has found her sweet.Her mother pawned her wedding ring ...

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A Brown Girl Dead by Countee Cullen

A Brown Girl Dead by Countee Cullen

With two white roses on her breasts, White candles at head and feet, Dark Madonna of the grave she rests; Lord Death has found her sweet.Her mother pawned her wedding ring ...

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Incident by Countee Cullen

Incident by Countee Cullen

Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me.Now I was eight and very small, And he was no whit ...

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Heritage by Countee Cullen

Heritage by Countee Cullen

What is Africa to me:Copper sun or scarlet sea,Jungle star or jungle track,Strong bronzed men, or regal blackWomen from whose loins I sprangWhen the birds of Eden sang?One three ...

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From The Dark Tower by Countee Cullen

From The Dark Tower by Countee Cullen

We shall not always plant while others reapThe golden increment of bursting fruit,Not always countenance, abject and mute,That lesser men should hold their brothers cheap;Not ...

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The Loss Of Love by Countee Cullen

The Loss Of Love by Countee Cullen

All through an empty place I go,And find her not in any room;The candles and the lamps I lightGo down before a wind of gloom. Thick-spraddled lies the dust about,A fit, sad place ...

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For A Lady I Know by Countee Cullen

For A Lady I Know by Countee Cullen

She even thinks that up in heavenHer class lies late and snoresWhile poor black cherubs rise at sevenTo do celestial chores.

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The Wise by Countee Cullen

The Wise by Countee Cullen

Dead men are wisest, for they knowHow far the roots of flowers go,How long a seed must rot to grow.Dead men alone bear frost and rainOn throbless heart and heatless brain,And feel ...

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Fruit Of The Flower by Countee Cullen

Fruit Of The Flower by Countee Cullen

My father is a quiet manWith sober, steady ways;For simile, a folded fan;His nights are like his days. My mother's life is puritan,No hint of cavalier,A pool so calm you're sure ...

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Saturday’s Child by Countee Cullen

Saturday’s Child by Countee Cullen

Some are teethed on a silver spoon,With the stars strung for a rattle;I cut my teeth as the black racoon--For implements of battle.Some are swaddled in silk and down,And heralded ...

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Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds by Countee Cullen

Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds by Countee Cullen

Since men grow diffident at last,And care no whit at all,If spring be come, or the fall be past,Or how the cool rains fall, I come to no flower but I pluck,I raise no cup but I ...

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The Shroud Of Color by Countee Cullen

The Shroud Of Color by Countee Cullen

"Lord, being dark," I said, "I cannot bearThe further touch of earth, the scented air;Lord, being dark, forewilled to that despairMy color shrouds me in, I am as dirtBeneath my ...

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In Memory Of Col. Charles Young by Countee Cullen

In Memory Of Col. Charles Young by Countee Cullen

Along the shore the tall thin grass,That fringes that dark river,While sinuously soft feet passBeings to bleed and quiver.The great dark voice breaks with a sobAcross the womb of ...

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For A Poet by Countee Cullen

For A Poet by Countee Cullen

I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth,And laid them away in a box of gold;Where long will cling the lips of the moth,I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth;I hide no ...

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Karenge Ya Marenge by Countee Cullen

Karenge Ya Marenge by Countee Cullen

Wherein are words sublime or noble? What Invests one speech with haloed eminence, Makes it the sesame for all doors shut, Yet in its like sees but impertinence? Is it the hue? Is ...

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Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen

Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen

I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kindAnd did He stoop to quibble could tell whyThe little buried mole continues blind,Why flesh that mirrors Him must some day die,Make plain ...

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To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time by Countee Cullen

To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time by Countee Cullen

I cannot hold my peace, John Keats; There never was a spring like this; It is an echo, that repeats My last year's song and next year's bliss. I know, in spite of all men say Of ...

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She Of The Dancing Feet Sings by Countee Cullen

She Of The Dancing Feet Sings by Countee Cullen

And what would I do in heaven pray,Me with my dancing feet?And limbs like apple boughs that swayWhen the gusty rain winds beat.And how would I thrive in a perfect placeWhere ...

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Uncle Jim by Countee Cullen

Uncle Jim by Countee Cullen

“White folks is white,” says uncle Jim; “A platitude,” I sneer; And then I tell him so is milk, And the froth upon his beer. His heart walled up with bitterness, He smokes his ...

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Lines To My Father by Countee Cullen

Lines To My Father by Countee Cullen

The many sow, but only the chosen reap; Happy the wretched host if Day be brief, That with the cool oblivion of sleep A dawnless Night may soothe the smart of grief. If from the ...

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I Have A Rendezvous With Life by Countee Cullen

I Have A Rendezvous With Life by Countee Cullen

I have a rendezvous with Life,In days I hope will come,Ere youth has sped, and strength of mind,Ere voices sweet grow dumb.I have a rendezvous with Life,When Spring's first ...

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Thoughts In A Zoo by Countee Cullen

Thoughts In A Zoo by Countee Cullen

They in their cruel traps, and we in ours, Survey each other’s rage, and pass the hours Commiserating each the other’s woe, To mitigate his own pain’s fiery glow. Man could but ...

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Tableau by Countee Cullen

Tableau by Countee Cullen

Locked arm in arm they cross the wayThe black boy and the white,The golden splendor of the dayThe sable pride of night.From lowered blinds the dark folk stareAnd here the fair ...

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To A Brown Boy by Countee Cullen

To A Brown Boy by Countee Cullen

That brown girl's swagger gives a twitchTo beauty like a Queen,Lad, never damn your body's itchWhen loveliness is seen.For there is ample room for blissIn pride in clean brown ...

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Harlem Wine by Countee Cullen

Harlem Wine by Countee Cullen

This is not water running here,These thick rebellious streamsThat hurtle flesh and bone past fearDown alleyways of dreamsThis is a wine that must flow onNot caring how or whereSo ...

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That Bright Chimeric Beast by Countee Cullen

That Bright Chimeric Beast by Countee Cullen

That bright chimeric beastConceived yet never born,Save in the poet's breast,The white-flanked unicorn,Never may be shakenFrom his solitude;Never may be takenIn any earthly wood. ...

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Song In Spite Of Myself by Countee Cullen

Song In Spite Of Myself by Countee Cullen

Never love with all your heart,It only ends in aching;And bit by bit to the smallest partThat organ will be breaking.Never love with all your mind,It only ends in fretting;In ...

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Simon The Cyrenian Speaks by Countee Cullen

Simon The Cyrenian Speaks by Countee Cullen

He never spoke a word to me,And yet He called my name;He never gave a sign to me,And yet I knew and came. At first I said, "I will not bearHis cross upon my back;He only seeks to ...

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To Certain Critics by Countee Cullen

To Certain Critics by Countee Cullen

Then call me traitor if you must, Shout reason and default! Say I betray a sacred trust Aching beyond this vault. I'll bear your censure as your praise, For never shall the clan ...

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