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

Frank Horne, "To a Persistent Phantom" (1926)

Awarded Honorable Mention--Opportunity Contest

I buried you deeper last night,
You with your tears
And your tangled hair
You with your lips
That kissed so fair
I buried you deeper last night,

I buried you deeper last night,
With fuller breasts
And stronger arms
With softer lips
And newer charms
I buried you deeper last night.

Deeper .... aye, deeper
And again tonight
'Till that gay spirit
That once was you
Will tear its soul
In climbing through
Deeper .... aye, deeper
I buried you deeper last night.


Published in Opportunity, July 1926

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