African American Poetry (1870-1927): A Digital Anthology

Arna Bontemps, "A Tree Design" (1927)

A TREE DESIGN

A TREE is more than a shadow
Blurred against the sky,
More than ink spilled on the fringe
Of white clouds floating by.
A tree is more than an April design
Or a blighted winter bough
Where love and music used to be.
A tree is something in me,
Very still and lonely now.


Published in Caroling Dusk1927