African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Ada M. Wright, "The Friend I Love" (1901)

I LOVE a friend whose cheering voice
Can soothe my aching heart;
Can wipe the tears of grief away
When sorrow bids them start.

I love a friend whose gentle hand
Removes the bitter cup of grief;
Who binds the wounds he did not make,
And kindly brings relief.

I love a friend whose beaming smile
Is like a ray of light,
To cheer me on my lonely way
Through sorrow's darksome night.

Published in Colored American Magazine, February 1901

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