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

Edward Silvera (Edward S. Silvera), "Disappointment" (1927)


By Edward S. Silvera

There’s sorrow in your face,
Old woman,
I can plainly see
The pain beneath your wrinkled smile
That aches incessantly.

There’s a quiver in your speech,
Old man,
I clearly hear
A trembling in your feeble voice,
A trembling as from fear.

A daughter fallen by the way,
All fond hopes turned to lies,
One son in jail—
Another, dead,
How could you be elsewise?

Published in The Crisis, October 1927

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