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

Charles Bertram Johnson, "Easter" (1923)

In water, air,
Thy Spirit is;
Rose-faced days
Deep in April,
With the flaring
Purple blaze 
Of willows,
And maple buds,
Pent to bursting,
Now unbosom.
O sing it,
Robin-throated morn!
Loud ring it,
Lily-bells aborn!
Here! Everywhere!
Joyous Easter!
Thou hast come
Plain to see;
With Life for some,
But Truth for me. 

Published in The Crisis, April 1923

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