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

Frank Horne, "Youth" (1927)

I am a knotted nebula— 
awhirling flame 
Shrieking aftire the endless darkness... 
I am the eternal center of gravity 
and about me swing the crazy moons— 
I am the thunder of rising suns, 
the blaze of the zenith— 
... the tremble of women’s bodies 
in the arms of lovers... 
I sit on top of the Pole 
 Drunk with starry splendor 
Shouting hozzanas at the Pleiades 
... booting footballs at the moon— 
I shall outlast the sun 
and the moon 
and the stars. 

Published in Ebony and Topaz, 1927


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