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

Poems of Countee Cullen

1. A Brown Girl Dead 10/6/2003
2. For A Lady I Know 1/3/2003
3. For A Poet 1/3/2003
4. From the Dark Tower 1/3/2003
5. Fruit of the Flower 1/3/2003
6. Harlem Wine 3/29/2010
7. Heritage 1/20/2003
8. I Have A Rendezvous With Life 3/29/2010
9. In Memory Of Col. Charles Young 3/29/2010
10. Incident 1/3/2003
11. Karenge Ya Marenge 3/29/2010
12. Lines To My Father 3/29/2010
13. Saturday's Child 1/3/2003
14. She Of The Dancing Feet Sings 3/29/2010
15. Simon the Cyrenian Speaks 1/3/2003
16. Song In Spite Of Myself 3/29/2010
17. Tableau 3/29/2010
18. That Bright Chimeric Beast 1/3/2003
19. The Loss of Love 1/3/2003
20. The Shroud of Color 1/20/2003

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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