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

B.B. Church, "Maybe" (1923)

Vainly you wonder why sun, moon and star,--
Pageant illuminate,--
Never disclose what their destinies are;
Seldom reveal what their distances bar.
Mysteries fascinate. 
Then, maybe you err when you try to unfold
All that my heart would speak–
Better the faith of the knight of old,
Ending his quest with a cup of gold–
Love is the boon I seek.

Published in The Crisis, May 1923
Edited by Christian Farrior

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