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

Edward S. Silvera, "Memory" (1926)

The past has gone, like a man that's dead,
To pay his vows to eternity,
The past has gone, like a parted soul,
To place his myrrh and glimmering gold
On the altar of eternity:
   But dead men walk unheard, with silent tread--
   The past goes blatant, with a foot like lead. 

Published in The Messenger, July 1926

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