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

Arna Bontemps, "My Heart Has Known Its Winter" (1927)

A little while spring will claim its own, 
In all the land around for mile on mile 
Tender grass will hide the rugged stone. 
My still heart will sing a little while. 
And men will never think this wilderness 
Was barren once when grass is over all, 
Hearing laughter they may never guess 
My heart has known its winter and carried gall. 

Published in Ebony and Topaz, 1927

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