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

Countee Cullen, "Caprice" (1925)

I'll tell him, when he comes," she said,
   "Body and baggage, to go,
Though the night be darker than my hair,
   And the ground be hard with snow.”
But when he came with his gay black head
   Thrown back, and his lips apart,
She flipped a light hair from his coat,
   And sobbed against his heart.

Published in Color, 1925

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