Countee Cullen

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

Countee Cullen Poems

21. I Have A Rendezvous With Life 3/29/2010
22. Heritage 1/20/2003
23. Harlem Wine 3/29/2010
24. Fruit of the Flower 1/3/2003
25. From the Dark Tower 1/3/2003
26. For A Poet 1/3/2003
27. For A Lady I Know 1/3/2003
28. A Brown Girl Dead 10/6/2003

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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