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

Charles Bertram Johnson, "An Old Ex-Slave" (1921)

All day long upon his porch he sits, 
And lives in dreams his life again,
The cabin frolics, banjo songs,
Like shadows pass before his ken.

He dwells apart in that far clime:
The border-land of human lives,
Where men live only in their dreams,
And faith in God alone survives. 

Published in The Crisis, July 1921

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