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

Arna Bontemps, "A Tree Design" (1927)


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 PalmsOctober 1926
Also published in Caroling Dusk1927

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