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

Anne Spencer, "Innocence" (1927)


She tripped and fell against a star,
A lady we all have known;
Just what the villagers lusted for
To claim her one of their own;
Fallen but once the lower felt she,
So turned her face and died,
With never a hounding fool to see
'Twas a star-lance in her side!

Published in Caroling Dusk1927

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