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

Arna Bontemps, "The Day-Breakers" (1926)

We are not come to wage a strife
With swords upon this hill,
It is not wise to waste the life
Against a stubborn will.
Yet would we die as some have done:
Beating a way for the rising sun. 


Published in Opportunity, February 1926

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