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

Claude McKay, "The City's Love" (1922)

For one brief golden moment rare like wine,
The gracious city swept across the line;
Oblivious of the color of my skin,
Forgetting that I was an alien guest,
She bent to me, my hostile heart to win,
Caught me in passion to her pillowy breast;
The great, proud city, seized with a strange love,
Bowed down for one flame hour my pride to prove.

From Harlem Shadows, 1922

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