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

Countee Cullen, "For a Poet (to John Gaston Edgar)" (1925)

I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth,
And laid them away in a box of gold;
Where long will cling the lips of the moth,
I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth;
I hide no hate; I am not even wroth
Who found earth's breath so keen and cold;
I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth,
And laid them away in a box of gold.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Published in Color, 1925

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