Countee Cullen

(30 May 1903 – 9 January 1946 / New York)

Countee Cullen Poems

1. Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds 3/29/2010
2. Yet Do I Marvel 1/3/2003
3. Uncle Jim 3/29/2010
4. To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time 3/29/2010
5. To Certain Critics 1/3/2003
6. To A Brown Boy 3/29/2010
7. Thoughts In A Zoo 3/29/2010
8. The Wise 1/3/2003
9. The Shroud of Color 1/20/2003
10. The Loss of Love 1/3/2003
11. That Bright Chimeric Beast 1/3/2003
12. Tableau 3/29/2010
13. Song In Spite Of Myself 3/29/2010
14. Simon the Cyrenian Speaks 1/3/2003
15. She Of The Dancing Feet Sings 3/29/2010
16. Saturday's Child 1/3/2003
17. Lines To My Father 3/29/2010
18. Karenge Ya Marenge 3/29/2010
19. Incident 1/3/2003
20. In Memory Of Col. Charles Young 3/29/2010

The Shroud of Color

"Lord, being dark," I said, "I cannot bear
The further touch of earth, the scented air;
Lord, being dark, forewilled to that despair
My color shrouds me in, I am as dirt
Beneath my brother's heel; there is a hurt
In all the simple joys which to a child
Are sweet; they are contaminate, defiled
By truths of wrongs the childish vision fails
To see; too great a cost this birth entails.

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