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

Ann Lawrence (Ann Lawrence-Lucas), "Procrastination" (1924)


Why wait for tomorrow
To shed sun shine on the way?
Why wait to lighten sorrows,
For the coming of a day?

Why wait for a confessing,
Of a wrong that you have done?
Go and receive a blessing,
'Ere the setting of the sun.

While Yesterday was once Today,
For Joy, or for Sorrow;
We do not know, we cannot say-
To-day will be To-morrow!

Published in The Messenger, October 1924

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