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

Arna Bontemps, "Lancelot" (1927)

LANCELOT

THE fruit of the orchard is over-ripe, Elaine,
And leaves are crisping on the garden wall.
Leaves on the garden path are wet and rain
Drips from the low shrubs with a steady fall.
It is long, so long since I was here, Elaine,
Moles have gnawed the rose tree at its root;
You did not think that I would come again,
Least of all in the day of falling fruit.


Published in Caroling Dusk1927