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Arna Bontemps, "To a Young Girl Leaving the Hill Country" (1927)
12023-05-22T14:25:25-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12131plain2023-05-22T14:25:25-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1TO A YOUNG GIRL LEAVING THE HILL COUNTRY
THE hills are wroth; the stones have scored you bitterly Because you looked upon the naked sun Oblivious of them, because you did not see The trees you touched or mountains that you walked upon. But there will come a day of darkness in the land, A day wherein remembered sun alone comes through To mark the hills; then perhaps you'll understand Just how it was you drew from them and they from you. For there will be a bent old woman in that day Who, feeling something of this country in her bones, Will leave her house tapping with a stick, who will (they say) Come back to seek the girl she was in these familiar stones.