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

Countee Cullen, "Pity the Deep in Love" (1927)

Pity the Deep in Love

(To Fiona)

PITY the deep in love;⁠
They move as men asleep,
Traveling a narrow way
Precipitous and steep.
Tremulous is the lover’s breath
With little moans and sighs;
Heavy are the brimming lids
Upon a lover’s eyes.

Published in Copper Sun (1927)