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

Edward Silvera (Edward S. Silvera), "Song to a Dark Girl" (1927)

Editor's Note: This poem won second prize in the 1927 poetry competition from The Crisis. 

Song to a Dark Girl!

By Edward Silvera

Your eyes are bold
Like all the stars
That blaze in jungle skies.
Your lips are sweet
Like jungle fruit
That no one sells or buys.

Your breast is warm
Like tropic noons,
Like noons of jungle days.
Your voice sounds strange
Like all the winds
That sing wild jungle lays.

In your embrace
There’s strength and joy
And God has given thee
A flame to fire
Thy soul and burn
Within incessantly.

Published in The Crisis, December 1927

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