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

Ann Lawrence, "New York" (1928)

New York 

By Ann Lawrence 

New York with her "hustle,"
Her "hurry" and "bustle,"'
The "Horrid Old Subway" and "El,"
Her "Miserable housing,"
Her "Midnight carousing"
And "Everyone headed for h–l,"
Is better than Russia,
Or Hindu, or Chin,
And in spite of it all, I'll be d–d
There is nobody leaving,
Those away are grieving,
They want to come back and be jammed!

Published in The Messenger, April 1928

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