Countee Cullen

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

Saturday's Child


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 by a star;
They swathed my limbs in a sackcloth gown
On a night that was black as tar.
For some, godfather and goddame
The opulent fairies be;
Dame Poverty gave me my name,
And Pain godfathered me.
For I was born on Saturday--
"Bad time for planting a seed,"
Was all my father had to say,
And, "One mouth more to feed."
Death cut the strings that gave me life,
And handed me to Sorrow,
The only kind of middle wife
My folks could beg or borrow.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Form:


Do you like this poem?
14 person liked.
3 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: poverty, silver, sorrow, star, father, pain, death, child, night, time, life, fairy, children

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Saturday's Child by Countee Cullen )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. If, Rudyard Kipling
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, --
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Walking In Clouds, Juan Olivarez
  2. Of Ancestors From Long Ago, Spiritwind Wood
  3. If I Told You, Spiritwind Wood
  4. WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME, FATHER?, john chizoba vincent
  5. Whipoorwill, Kyle Schlicher
  6. Turning Over Rocks, Kyle Schlicher
  7. I am Native American, Spiritwind Wood
  8. Now I Can See, Kyle Schlicher
  9. Behind My Pain, Spiritwind Wood
  10. The History Will Hide…, Rajesh Thankappan
[Hata Bildir]