Robert Hayden

(4 August 1913 – 25 February 1980 / Detroit)

Robert Hayden Poems

If you see a poem only with title, it is listed that way because of copyright reasons.
1. Those Winter Sundays 1/3/2003
2. The Whipping 1/3/2003
3. Middle Passage 1/3/2003
4. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) 1/20/2003
5. The Prisoners 1/3/2003
6. Runagate Runagate 1/3/2003
7. Monet's Waterlilies 1/3/2003
8. Full Moon 1/3/2003
9. Frederick Douglass 1/3/2003
10. Soledad 1/3/2003
11. Perseus 1/20/2003
12. O Daedalus, Fly Away Home 1/3/2003
13. Witch Doctor 4/6/2010
14. The Ballad Of Nat Turner 4/6/2010
15. Mourning Poem For The Queen Of Sunday 4/6/2010

The Whipping

The old woman across the way
     is whipping the boy again
and shouting to the neighborhood
     her goodness and his wrongs.

Wildly he crashes through elephant ears,
     pleads in dusty zinnias,
while she in spite of crippling fat
     pursues and corners him.

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