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

George Franklin Proctor, "Bewildered" (1927)


By George Franklin Proctor

When I was very young
     Before I'd seen so much of life:
Or sought my spurs
     Felt a lash
Or known a scar
     I heard the wise men
Of the street say,
     "One who has no luck at cards
      Has luck at love
And visa versa."
     But I have tried cards
Have played at love–
     Sans fortune at either
For I have only won
     At throwing dice;
Of which the wise men
     Of the street said, nothing.

Published in The Messenger, January 1927

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