Treasure Island

Countee Cullen

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

Poems of Countee Cullen

21. The Wise 1/3/2003
22. Thoughts In A Zoo 3/29/2010
23. To A Brown Boy 3/29/2010
24. To Certain Critics 1/3/2003
25. To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time 3/29/2010
26. Uncle Jim 3/29/2010
27. Yet Do I Marvel 1/3/2003
28. Youth Sings A Song Of Rosebuds 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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