African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Arna Bontemps, "Spring Music" (1925)

Oh the brown leaves
   Fall in the bitter blast like tears
From an aged widow. . . . 
And whispering winds
Steal the violets' breath
And bury their leaves in snow. . . . 
And the tides flow back
Like the ebbing years
Into cool immunity.
But memory's voice,
Like the music of waves,
Sings April tunes 
   Forever.


Published in The Crisis, June 1925

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